Bridge workers demand pay

MARACHA. Casual labourers who worked on the construction of Aliro culvert in Yivu Sub-county, Maracha District are demanding Shs2 million in wage arrears from the contractor.
Maracha District local government in 2012, gave the contract to Koroto Uganda Limited, a construction company based in Lira District.
The contractor allegedly failed to pay the casual labourers their wages for the last month of the 12 months they worked on the project.
Mr Alex Atandu, one of the affected people, said at least 20 casual labourers never received Shs100,000 each entitled to them as their wage.
“Each of the 20 unskilled labourers was to receive Shs100,000 in the last month of this work but the contractor didn’t give us the money. Our labour can’t just be used for free, and we shall follow the matter until the contractor pays us,” Mr Atandu said last week.
Mr Amos Alutu, a Yivu Sub-county resident, said the contractor has left some construction materials in the house that was used as store. “My house was a store for the construction materials but I am still stuck with one generator, one water pump and a vibrator belonging to the contactor,” Mr Alutu said.
The labourers are threatening to sell off the items if the contractor does not pay them.
Efforts to reach Mr Francis Olipa, the contractor, failed as his known telephone number could not go through.
Mr Timothy Ezati, the acting district engineer, said the group should prepare a written complaint which will be used to follow up the matter.
Mr Ezati aised the labourers in the district to always involve the district works department in their negotiations with contractors.
“It is unfortunate some casual labourers who work with contractors do not want to involve us in their agreements, making it difficult to help them in case of a problem,” Mr Ezati told Daily Monitor on Monday.
Aliro Culvert Bridge is located on Kalibar Loinya health centre road. The bridge was constructed at a cost of Shs125m allocated under Peace Recovery and Development Project in financial year 20122013.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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