The Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) has come in to help the situation at Karuma Dam in Kiryandongo District after workers declared industrial action over poor working conditions.
The workers are employed by Sinohydro Corporation Ltd, order a Chinese firm undertaking the construction of the 600MW power dam.
They are complaining of low wages that are further eaten up by taxes, alleged harassment by their Chinese supervisors, limited access to clean drinking water, limited toilet facilities and limited protection gear.
The workers are further contesting a proposal to deduct local service tax off their wages.
Local service tax is levied by Districts (local administration) on all individuals who hold a job or profession within their jurisdiction.
According to UEGCL Corporate Affairs Manager Simon Kasyate, the company has held engagements on the issue with Sinohydro, the workers and Kiryandongo District local Government officials and works have resumed.
“I can assure you that all workers have resumed work and construction at Karuma Dam is on board. We are engaging all the involved parties to make sure all issues are resolved fully,” Kasyate told ChimpReports on Friday morning.
Kasyate further said that UEGCL would ensure that there is extensive stakeholder sensitisation before such proposals that impact workers’ remuneration and welfare are implemented.