A section of workers from Arab contractors Limited temporarily stopped working expressing their disapproval for poor working conditions on Monday in Pallisa district and this led to the Tirinyi-Pallisa-Kumi road works to a halt.
The government will spend Shs304b for tarmacking of 111.25KM road that joins Teso and Lango Sub-regions which started at beginning of this year.
But the striking employees mostly drivers and temporary workers said their rights are being abused by the contractor, who they claim of forcing them to work overtime even on weekends. They also added that many of their co-workers have been discharged from work over weak issues without giving them a chance to defend themselves and also that many of the have been forced to give up their driving permits to the contractor without a clear clarification.
One of the workers who preferred not to mention the name said that they will re-start working when some of these worries have been worked upon because the conditions under which they are working in are not human and called upon workers’ Unions to come in.
Mr. Emokol Onyango, the Pallisa Deputy Resident District verified that the workers stopped working due to poor working conditions and little pay.