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Mpigi Leaders Protest Poor Working Conditions of Factory Workers

The investors have set up manufacturing plants producing soap, paper, shoes, plastic materials, foodstuffs and animal feeds among others. Records from the district indicate that more than thirty factories have opened up in the area employing more than 2,000 people.
Peter Claver Mutuluza, Mpigi LC V Chairperson

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Mpigi district leaders have raised concern over the poor working and living conditions of employees in factories.

Several investors have set up manufacturing plants producing soap, paper, shoes, plastic materials, foodstuffs and animal feeds among others. Records from the district indicate that more than thirty factories have opened up in the area employing more than 2,000 people.   

However, the employees have been crying foul of poor remuneration and working overtime among other challenges.

This prompted the district authorities to set up a committee under the leadership of the LC V Chairperson, Peter Claver Mutuluza to look into their complaints.     

Mutuluza says he is concerned about the level of exploitation the employees are subjected to. 

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He says the employees are subjected to poor sanitation, poor working and living conditions. He adds that most of the factory workers lack protective gears exposing them to health hazards. 

According to the committee, an employee at Star Light Point Ltd accused his bosses of persistently violating all labour laws by paying them peanuts compared to the work load and failure to provide separate toilets rooms for female and male workers.   

“Although we all need jobs, our employers shouldn’t hold us as slaves just because they can hire and fire anyone at will. In fact, our leaders have not helped us at all. We have been raising concerns to their offices over time but nothing has changed,” he said. 

However, Eddie Muganda, the manager Star Light Point Ltd dismisses the allegations by the employees. He says that the company pays all employees according to their output.    

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Rehema Naggayi, the Mpigi District Labour Officer, says they plan to meet all employers to sensitize them on labour laws before taking action.

The committee also established that several investors have set up factories in the district without the knowledge of the leaders.  

Juliet Jjemba, Kiringente sub-county woman councillor, says that although there are many factories in the area, the district is yet to benefit since many of them don’t remit any money to the district.

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Mutuluza says they are planning to put in place guidelines for the operations of investors in the district. 

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In May, Wakiso District passed guidelines requiring both existing and upcoming investors to register their particulars and acquire certificates to streamline their operations in the districts.

         

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