Kinyara Sugar Cane Cutters Strike

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More than 600 cane cutters of Kinyara Sugar factory have staged a sit down strike to protest poor wages.

More than 600 cane cutters of Kinyara Sugar factory have staged a sit down strike to protest poor wages. The workers started their strike last evening demanding for shillings 6000 shillings each day, up from shillings 5000. George Kaheeru, one of the leaders of the striking cane cutters says that the money they are paid is too little despite the current inflation in the country.
 
 
Kaheeru vows that they will not resume work unless the company increases their payment to shillings 6000 each days. Kinyara sugar factory Uganda’s largest sugar producer recently laid off cane cutters and decided to employ them on contract basis and pays them a daily wage. Although the strike is not violent, there is a heavy police deployment around the factory.


Charles Ssebambulidde, Midwestern regional police commander says the deployment is aimed at keeping law and order to ensure the strike does not turn violent. Officials of Kinyara sugar works have not commented on the strike. But police claims that the officials met the striking cane cutters last evening and promised to increase their wage to shillings 5500 but it was rejected by the workers.
 
By this morning, only a handful of the cane cutters had resumed work in the sugar plantations. Ssebambulidde says the police deployment will remain in force until the parties reach an understanding.