Employment and community development
…employment with Green Resources…failing to secure sufficient or stable income…
Community members expressed the primary benefit rendered by Green Resources in terms of the limited employment opportunities it provides. The 2008 EIS report[i] documents 199 people (mostly men) employed by Green Resources, including in the activities of slashing, planting, and tree maintenance,[ii] however numbers vary according to the source. A 2012 United Nations report documents 264 casual employees at Kachung, and the company reports employing 600 people at Bukaleba.[iii]
According to the EIS, a minority of those employed by the company are skilled workers earning incomes of $41.70 – $46.90 per month. The majority are unskilled laborers earning around $26.70 per month (the equivalent of less than $1 per day).[iv] At one time the company mostly employed local people, though company staff described their growing frustrations with local villagers, leading to increases in the number employed from other areas.[v] Villagers confirm the dwindling employment opportunities and shared concerns over what they describe as the company’s poor employment conditions, citing delayed salary payments and being forced to cover the costs of purchasing safety equipment (such as gumboots, safety boots, raincoats and gloves, and uniforms). While monitoring[vi] identifies company staff as required to wear safety equipment, it does not capture the financial burden low-paid staff are expected to carry to ensure compliance. In addition, many villagers confirmed the earlier findings of the, The Future in Our Hands research, which described employment with Green Resources as failing to secure sufficient or stable income to provide food security at all times of the year.[vii]
i Mugambe, R. The Kachung Plantation Project (KPP). Op. Cit.; The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). Op. Cit.
ii Mugambe, R. The Kachung Plantation Project (KPP). Op. Cit.
iii Green Resources. Bukaleba Forest Project, Uganda. http://www. greenresources.no/News/tabid/93/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/49/ Bukaleba-carbon-credits-for-sale-Green-investment-in-Uganda.aspx (accessed July 2, 2014); UNFCCC/CCNUCC. Project Design Document Form For Afforestation and Reforestation Project. Op. Cit.
v Green Resources employee, interview, Dokolo district, August 12, 2013.
vi UNFCCC/CCNUCC. Project Design Document Form For Afforestation and Reforestation Project Activities. Op. Cit.
vii Garberg, A. “Tree Planting Project Threatens Food Security.” Framiden 2012. Op. Cit.