SCOUL Sacks 30 Workers

More than 30 workers at the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL) have been sacked for misconduct.

The workers were given a one day ultimatum to vacate the working premises, shortly after they arrived for the first day of the New Years work.

The victims are part of a group of workers that staged a strike at the sugar factory in November 2007. They were protesting against the poor working conditions and delayed salary payments.

During the protests, a sugar plantation was set ablaze and several other properties destroyed.

According to the letters of termination, copies of which Uganda Radio Network has seen, the decision to sack the workers is in response to the illegal strike which resulted into the destruction of the corporate properties.

The letter adds that the management has investigated and found out that, this was a gross misconduct and an act of insubordination, forcing management to terminate the services of the suspected ringleaders.

Most of the workers some of who are from as far as Arua remained stranded at the offices of the National Union of Plantation Workers Association at Lugazi town council.

Some of the workers described their termination as unfair because they have never received their salary arrears.

Jorum Paajobo, the workers member of parliament and Norman Muwulize the Buikwe west member of parliament visited the terminated workers and promised to sort out the matter with the company managers.