The Industrial Court is a specialized Court that is mandated to handle and resolve Labour and Employment disputes between workers and Employers. The Court was set up to avoid delays experienced in disposing of Industrial and Employment matters by the other Courts of Judicature.
The Court promotes positive workplace relations and manage workplace conflict by providing a platform for equitable resolution of labor grievances.
Positive productivity-enhancing workplace relations is integral to achieving the objectives of the 3rd National Development Plan 2020/2021- 2024/2025
The Industrial Court of Uganda is an established Court under the Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) Act, 2006 Cap 224, (LADASA),Laws of Uganda, section 7. The Act was assented to on 24th May 2006; and commenced on the 7th August 2006 vide a Ministerial statutory instrument .
- To Ensure Compliance with International Labour Organisation Conventions which aim to improve labour standards of people in Uganda.
- To Provide a Platform for People to Equitably Express their Labour Grievances as to Achieve Equal Opportunity in Employment in Uganda.
- To Promote Industrial Peace and Harmony Conducive for Economic Growth and Stability.
- To Contribute Towards a Conducive Industrial Climate And Investment through Timely Adjudication of Labour Disputes
- To Facilitate Decent Productive Work and Better Living Standards to the People Through Timely Adjudication of Labour Disputes within Uganda.
The Court Functions
- To arbitrate labour disputes referred to it under the Act.
- adjudicating questions of Law arising from references to it by any other law.
- Dispose of the labour disputes without undue delay
The Court Targeted Outputs
- A fully fledged operational court at the standards of the High Court’s division of courts of Judicature of Uganda.
- 20 references disposed per Month, 60 references disposed in a quarter of the Financial Year, and
- 240 references disposed annually.
- 02 regional circuit courts held each with 20 references per quarterly inspection reports made.
- Monthly inspections conducted by Judges and registrar and Quarterly inspection reports made.
- Quarterly court users meetings held for feedback, monitoring and evaluation of the court operations.