Workers of Fruit Factory have laid down
their tools over low payment.
On Thursday, 37 workers out of the 65 staged a sit down strike after failed discussions with management. This attracted the attention of the Police and other security
According to the workers, they have been
engaging management on the issue since 2018.
the production line support staff reveals that last week, management promised them a pay rise during a meeting but to their
surprise, they were given contracts indicating the salaries of
Akello claims that there
is a lot of exploitation in the factory,. that needs urgent intervention from government.
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Alfred Esupu and Simon Omaria, the loaders in the factory
say that life at Soroti Fruit Factory is hard but the management isn’t willing
to listen to their grievances. They note that management intimidates some of the staff who
speak out on issues affecting them.
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Information obtained from casual labourers indicates that the
factory pays 6,000 to 8,000 shillings to different categories of workers.
They are also concerned about the short- term contracts of six months.
Douglas Ndaula, the Chief Executive Officer Soroti Fruit
Factory says he only heard of salary increments in the meeting held last
week. He says that the matter is supposed to be handled by the board before it is
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Information from the factory indicates that some of the workers who raised issues of payment were fired last year.
Soroti Fruit Factory is still grappling with low
capacity to absorb oranges grown in Teso Sub region.