Sugar workers strike over poor pay

Workers of the Kakira sugar factory based in Jinja have gone on strike protesting over little pay.

The workers began the sit down strike today morning by refusing to go offices and are demanding that their pay is increased given the high commodity prices.

They were also protesting poor conditions at work including allegedly being harassed by the managers of the factory over slight mistakes.

The workers say they were being paid between 30, 000 and 70, 000 shillings per month which they say has to be increased before they return to work.

The regional police commander for South Eastern Region Ben Mubangizi confirmed the sit down strike saying police responded very quick to avoid any violence.

When reached for a comment, the company secretary, S.K Ayenga confirmed the protest but referred this media to the general manager.

However efforts to talk to the general manager, Richard Orr were fruitless as he is reported busy in talks with the striking workers and the police.

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