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Former Tembo Steel Mills Employees Protest Non-Payment of Salary

The angry employees on Wednesday stormed the factory at 6:00 am and sat outside the premises. They blocked trucks from either accessing or exiting the factory.
Police engages former employees of Tembo steel mills.

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168 employees of Tembo Steel Mills whose contracts were terminated are protesting non-payment of salaries.

They allege that their contracts were terminated without prior notice and their pleas for payment has fallen on deaf ears.

The angry employees on Wednesday stormed the factory at 6:00 am and sat outside the premises. They blocked trucks from either accessing or exiting the factory.

According to the employees, they had spent four months without pay and have held several meetings with the factory management on payment plan which have proven futile. 

Sam Ochieng, who has been a motor plate machine operator, says that he has spent seven months without pay and his salary arrears have risen to five million Shillings. 

Ochieng further says that the factory should resolve on settling their salary arrears in the shortest time possible. 

//cue in: “batugobye…

Cue out…tugende,”. 

Moses Okello, a former crane operator who led the protest argues that employees have no further negotiations with the factory managers beyond payment. 

Okello has also threatened labour action against the factory if all payments are not made in a period of one week as earlier promised by the management. 

//cue in: “sawa…

Cue out…sente zaffe,”. 

However factory managers declined to comment on the matter.  Police was later called in to rescue the situation as protestors were still pitching camp outside the gate.

David Ndaula, the Iganga District Police Commander says that he has convened a meeting between the emnployees and the factory managers who have agreed on a proper payment plan.

//cue in: “so they are…

Cue out…to pay them,”.