More than 1,500 casual workers of Tasco Oil Industries in Jinja
City on Monday laid down their tools protesting against the poor working
According to the workers, they lack protective gears which exposes them to accidents and
pollution. The industry manufactures cooking oil, polythene bags and soap.
The workers also accuse their bosses of failing to treat
injured victims and using vulgar language.
Although they entered the company premises, the casual labourers refused to
attend to their daily duties demanding an apology from their superiors whom
they accused of undermining their dignity.
David Waako, a casual labourer says that he was assaulted by his bosses on
Sunday and later arrested and detained at Walukuba police station instead of
taking him for treatment.
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Musa Mayambala, a boiler operator says that he sustained injuries in April while operating a machine, but he has never been compensated.
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Alex Mutiibwa, another casual labourer says that he has worked for close to
four years without any promotion contrary to his appointment letter. Mutiibwa adds that their employers keep on
increasing the amount of taxes deducted from them every week without informing
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Hasifah Naigula, another casual labourer says that their bosses have failed to
cater for the well-being of the injured workers and instead send them on unpaid
leave without compensation.
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The factory managers declined to comment about the matter however,
the Kiira region police spokesperson, Abbey Ngako told journalists that, a
closed-door meeting was held between the factory’s managers and representatives
of casual labourers to find a solution to the standoff.
Anti-riot police were deployed at the factory premises in
anticipation of a violent strike.