There was heavy police deployment at the Hoima International Airport construction site in Hoima district to stop a worker’s strike. Construction of the airport is being undertaken by SBC Uganda in collaboration with Colas, a UK based firm.
Julius Hakiiza, the Albertine Region Spokesperson, says they deployed the Airport construction site in Kabaale in Buseruka Sub County after receiving information that the workers were planning to strike because of nonpayment for two months.
The workers are also protesting the Illegal dismissal of their friends and the hash working environment they are being subjected to by the SBC management. He explains that they deployed to prevent destruction of government 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 also staged a strike and blocked the Hoima Kaiso Tonya road.
They also accused their bosses of nonpayment of their salary. The SBC management couldn’t be reached for a comment by the time of filing this story.
Hoima International Airport is one of the key projects being undertaken by government in preparation for oil production in the oil rich Albertain region.