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Karuma power dam workers strike

More than 300 workers under Karuma Dam Workers' Union today laid down their tools in protest against alleged mismanagement of their funds, mistreatment and bribery by their union leaders.

The workers stormed the office of Sino Hydro, the Chinese company constructing the 600MW of electricity power station and Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) demanding that the company reigns on their union leaders. 
 
The workers accuse the union leaders of subjecting them to poor working conditions, wrongful dismissals, negotiating low wages, mistreatment and embezzling their National Social Security Funds (NSSF) monthly contributions among others. 
 
The workers refused to board the vehicles to the site until their grievances are addressed. Simon Peter Kasyate, the UEGCL corporate affairs manager said the strike did not affect work at the dam as non-union members and other union members reported for work. 
 
Jessica Katusabe, a mother of two is among the striking workers. She says she was dismissed from the union as soon as she went on maternity leave. She is demanding that the union pays off her benefits.
 
20-year-old Ali Umar says the union terminated his contract after he broke his leg working underground. He says he was abandoned at Gulu Independent Hospital without proper treatment. 
 
Alice Mawaka, another union member, says the union has been over taxing its members inform of income tax, union fees, local service tax and NSSF, amongst others.
 
It is not the first strike workers of the Chinese Company building the 600MW of electricity in Kiryandongo are staging in protests of poor working conditions. The dam is being built with $1.5 billion loan from the Export and Import Bank of China (Exim).  

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+1 #1 alex okurut 2018-05-08 08:19
Those people are really doing us great work why punish them government should step in
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+1 #2 Tokadde 2018-05-08 08:21
Let them bring in Cuban workers.
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0 #3 Lakwena 2018-05-08 13:44
At this rate of modern cannibalism, the whole country may have to go on strike.

In other words e.g., who wants to work hard and pay taxes? when every other month, our Dear Leader, Mr. M7, doles out in billions of our tax money; in order please disgruntled citizens like the people of Rukungiri (Shs.5 billion) and Archbishops (Shs.5 billion).

It is sickening!
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0 #4 Akot 2018-05-09 20:10
Tokadde, agreed, but,

Cuban workers only know how to grow tobacco & work in the industry!

Pitty, Cuba has good doctors, sends many to help neigbouring countries, yet Cuba does not know tobacco is world health problem & is one of main causes of cancer!
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0 #5 Akot 2018-05-09 20:16
Quoting Lakwena:
At this rate of modern cannibalism, the whole country may have to go on strike.

who wants to work hard and pay taxes? when every other month, our Dear Leader, Mr. M7, doles out in billions of our tax money; in order please disgruntled citizens like the people of Rukungiri (Shs.5 billion) and Archbishops (Shs.5 billion).


Thanks, but,

If the strike is to block museveni completely & bring the entire system to standstill to force him out, then it will be the most 'humane' act Ugandans shall have done!

Going on being slaves in their own country by maintain the tribalistic system is some thing the outside world does not understand of Ugandans!

Why are we just helping museveni destroy us & own our shithole?
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