RCC Workers Strike Over Benefits

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In short
According to the employment policy of Reynolds Construction Company company, employees who work for more than a year with the company are entitled to not than 600,000 shillings each.

Workers of Reynolds Construction Company, a road construction firm in Kabale have staged a strike over none payment of their benefits.  The workers laid down their tools this morning and  attempted to march to Reynolds Construction Company offices at Mwanjari in Southern Division in Kabale municipality.
 
They were blocked by security from accessing the officers forcing them to disrupt traffic along the Kabale –Katuna road.

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After hours of confusion, the management dispatched lorries which ferried the workers to Rubaare for a meeting. According to the employment policy of Reynolds Construction Company company, employees who work for more than a year with the company are entitled to not than 600,000 shillings each. The money is deducted from the employees salary each month depending on their position and years spent with the firm.

The employees say they are supposed to receive the money before they renew their contracts. However, the striking workers say despite working with Reynolds Construction Company for between four to five years they have not received their benefits. One of the employees who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says the company is forcing them to sign new contracts without paying their benefits.
 
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He says the company has blacklisted some of the outspoken workers for dismissal or demotion for standing for their rights. He however says they are not returning to work until their their grievances are addressed.

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Apollo Muhwezi, the public relations officer Reynolds construction company has declined to comment on the matter. By the time of filing this story, the striking workers were still waiting to meet their bosses at the company camp in Rubaare along the Mbarara –Kabale Highway.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.