Two Chinese Nationals have been arrested for trying to block the minister for gender labour and social development Betty Among from inspecting the working conditions of employees at their Namanve based Sun Belt industries.
The minister’s impromptu visit in Namanve and Mbalala industrial parks was intended to auditing the working conditions in the factories prior to the international labour on Sunday
At Pumps and Heels, a shoe making factories a Chinese international blocked access for the minister alleging that she was not invited, a thing that prompted the Minister order for the arrest of the two men.
Inside the factory it was later discovered that the hygienic condition was devastating as sewage system and toilets are seen spilling waste, the employees were found working without protective gears, some bravely explained to as the hardship they experience under their Chinese masters.
“We ask the government to help enforce these Chinese so that they improve on the working conditions and the salaries” workers at Sun belt noted.
Meanwhile, some local investors led by Zikusooka of Roykem industries distanced themselves from these acts, instead urged the government to consider waiving off some taxes from them in this critical situation.
Minister Amongi noted that during her tour she discovered that a number of steel factories have totally failed towards providing workers with protective gears yet workers work in dangerous machines.
“Our girls and boys are still subjected to low wages, lack of contracts and many are working without protective gears” Amongi noted.
Betty Among urged workers to join labour unions, which will help them to address their issues rather than being abused silently by their employers, because most of them feared to speak because their bosses were around.
“I want to encourage workers all over the country to join labour unions which will help sort their issues?”
The two Chinese nationals whose names were reserved, were handed over to Namanve police Post for further investigation.
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