JINJA – Police on Tuesday deployed at the offices Bidco Uganda Limited in Jinja District as over 1,000 workers went on strike, protesting poor conditions.
These, mostly work in production departments of oil and plastics, said that they are forced to work overtime without bonuses and that their complaints are never listened to.
Lawrence Ojok, one of the workers, said their employers deduct taxes from their salaries per week without explanation. James Musisi accused the company of not according to equal employment rights like day-offs and sick leaves and promotions, which has killed their morale at work.
Workers, who did not want to listen to anybody from the administration, asked the RDC, Erick Sakwa, to come to their rescue. Sakwa later arrived and a meeting with the striking employees and the administration. He said the general manager has been given a period of two weeks to address the issues raised by the striking workers.
Mr Daniel Ker, the general manager BIDCO, said new management has taken over the factory and new policies are being introduced to suit the demands of the new directors. He said there has been a problem with communication flow. “They have no human resource person and so they have problems communicating with the workers,” he said.