Kigezi tea staff stage strike over salaries


Kigezi tea workers at Kabale police station, December 2014


Over 100 workers of Kigezi Highland Tea in Kabale district have opted for a strike after missing salaries for three months.

A similar number of casual labourers of Kigezi Highland went on strike in December 2014 over non-payment.

They walked three kilometres and raided Kabale central police station where they lodged a complaint.

By then, the workers who were being paid Shs 120,000 a month accused Kigezi Highland tea owner, James Musiznguzi Garuga, of withholding their salaries for a whole two months.

They threatened a strike upon which the overseer, a one Frank Byamugisha only to turn around and have some of them arrested.

Today Monday morning, workers attached to the Nursery Beds in Rushoroza Kabale Southern Division, Kicumbi and Kitankombe in Kamuganguzi Sub County led a second procession from their work place to Kabale Central Police Station.

According to URN, the workers then camped at the office of Kabale District Labor officer at Makanga Hill.

This time round, each worker is demanding Shs 540,000.

They accused Byaruhanga (the overseer) of not fulfilling the promise he made to them back in December last year.

The workers who are supposed to be paid every after two weeks say whenever they demand for payment, they are instead fired.

Sikora Tumwegyese, the Kabale District Labor Officer says her office is liaising with Police to investigate the matter.

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