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.
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
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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.