Motorists enjoy free parking as Multiplex workers strike

The wave of strikes continues. And the latest to join are employees of Multiplex (U) Limited, a company tendered to manage street parking in Kampala, who laid down their tools yesterday protesting low pay and poor welfare.

Multiplex managers yesterday met to discuss the occurrence and delegate a team to investigate it. Many motorists yesterday enjoyed rare free parking on the streets.

“We have launched an investigation to establish the cause and the perpetrators of the strike. We have met the field workers and agreed to consider addressing their complaints as they themselves work towards helping the company improve its revenue targets,” said Mr Moses Bbosa, Multiplex executive director, during after meeting the employees.

Field workers who collect revenue from street parking claim they are paid peanuts against the backdrop of soaring cost of living. They said they earn Shs5,000 daily and accused their employer of failing to remit their NSSF contributions.
But Mr Bbosa said the payments to the employees are based on the income from the revenue from street parking.

“We have many temporary workers with simple letters of engagement. They are mainly youths who came for part-time employment and they did not declare that willingness to work on permanent terms,” he said.

He said though the strike has been called off, management will continue to dialogue with workers to chart a way forward.

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