UNRA workers strike again over lack of pay

By George William kakooza

65 casual labours employed by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) on the Kitala – Garuga road in Katabi town council have put down their tools in protest to lack of pay from the country’s roads authority for over five months.

Workers rest under a tree on Monday after putting down their work tools. Photos George William Kakooza

The workers told Entebbe post on Monday that they were last paid in January and have since then never received any payment.

“We have spent five months without any pay, we are now in lock down and are starving along with our families yet our bosses are simply dodging us yet bills are piling up” Matovu Robert a worker said.

The workers who protested last month over pay allege that the Project manager Morris Ewama and his Deputy Moses Omunyokolo toss them around whenever they approach them on when they expect to get paid yet they require them to keep on working every day.

The workers who lay Asphalt rocks on the road undergoing construction said they are also demanding for lunch allowances since November last year.

Workers storm the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) offices in Katabi Town Council on Monday to demand for their salaries

 “According to the contracts we signed upon getting the jobs, UNRA is mandated to provide lunch to the workers but we work from 8am till 5pm without eating anything. They give you lunch breaks but don’t give you food yet the contracts clearly state food is to be provided. We need to be paid both our lunch allowances and monthly salary” Mr Wako Musa a worker said.

Efforts to get comment from the UNRA media manager Allan Ssempebwa on his known contacts were futile by time of this publication.

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