Workers lay down tools over delayed payment

At least 128 casual workers hired by Jaweta Engineering Services Ltd have laid down their tools, until further notice after living for five months without being paid wages.

This contemporary news website has learnt that the wages has now accumulated to 40 million shillings.

Mr Okello Andrew who’s a team leader of hundreds of suffering workers told our reporter that they have missed their pay for the past five months, adding that there seems no hope of being paid before long.

The casual laborers were last paid in May, this year, they say.

“This forced us to lay down our tools until they pay us to zero balances,” Okello in an interview with TND News Uganda’s Denis Otti recently.

He added that for all this period, their attempts to get clarification from company officials have been fruitless. Okello reveals that each time they approach the officials to ask why the delay, they are given no audience.

“We urgently need response and if not we are going to shut down Zong – Mei Engineering activities as they are the parent contractor to Jaweta,” he added.

He noted that the delay could have been caused by Zong Mei Engineering Company Ltd who has sub-contracted Jaweta Engineering Services Ltd.

Samuel Bayesu – the Executive Director Jaweta Engineering Services Ltd could not be reached for comments by press time.


Zong – Mei Engineering Company Ltd, a Chinese construction company subcontracted Jaweta Engineering Services Ltd who is undertaking road constructions on Pakwach – Kitgum road.

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