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Hoima International Airport workers strike over pay

Police have deployed at the site where Hoima International Airport constructed to stop a worker’s strike.

Construction of the airport is being undertaken by SBC Uganda in collaboration with Colas, a UK- based firm.

Mr Julius Hakiiza, the Albertine Region Spokesperson, says they deployed at the site in Kabaale in Buseruka Sub-county after receiving information that the workers were planning to strike to protest the failure by their employer to clear their two month salary arrears.

The workers are also protesting the unfair dismissal of some their workmates and the “hash working environment” at the site.

Mr Hakiiza explained that they deployed to prevent destruction of property at the site.

The strike come barely two weeks after workers of Shandong Taikai Power Engineering Company Limited, which was contracted to erect a power line from Fort Portal to Hoima,  staged a strike  accusing their bosses of refusing to pay their salaries.

The SBC management couldn’t be reached for a comment on the issue.

Hoima International Airport is one of the key projects being undertaken by government in preparation for oil production in the Albertaine region.

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