Review workers’ compensation policy
Posted Thursday, October 3 2013 at 01:00
I wish to comment on the barbaric assault of a Mukwano Group of Companies employee by the police. Mr Kassim Suuna was not violent. In a TV footage, there was nothing to show erratic behaviour on his part, he was attacked while bowing in prayer which is not threatening violence. There is also a gap in the medical assessment carried out.
The incapacitation suffered by the employee cannot be compensated by a mere Shs1 million. If I were the employer, I would have not have held a press conference to announce this! How can Shs1 million adequately compensate the permanent impairment that this man is going to have to carry for the rest of his life?
There is, therefore, no way Mr Suuna could have settled when he resumed work which may explain the reason for the said violence that led to his termination. Mukwano and AIG should revisit this case.
If labour unions still function, then this would be the time for them to give back to their member who is in dire need.
Employers have to find a better way to manage these kinds of incidents. The Ministry of Labour also has a duty to care for workers and make sure employers ensure a safe working environment for their staff.