By Watchdog reporter
The government has started investigations into claims that Chinese managers at the China Railway Seventh Group company were forcing their workers to have sex with them before their wages were paid.
Officials from the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and Kampala Capital City Authority, have asked workers to return to their duties pending the investigations.
If the allegations are found true, the perpetrators will face the law, they officials said.
Patrick Okello, a commissioner in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, says, “I am personally to audit this firm and make a report to my permanent secretary who will forward it to the minister”.
Over 400 employees of the China Railway Seventh Group went on strike citing poor working conditions.
They accused their managers of sexual exploitation as well as poor pay.
It is also alleged that workers who decline to offer sex are either dismissed or denied certain privileges.
“After several meetings with the company management, your representatives and government officials, we have agreed that your concerns are addressed. Your salary is to be increased by 4 percent and 21 percent to 30 percent depending on the category of employment,” said Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) manager for Employment management, Mr James Mwanga.
Speaking to the firm’s workers along Gayaza Road on Thursday, Mr Mwanga also said the practice by management to retain driving permits of drivers has been abolished. He also added that Management to provide safety gears and drinking water at sites.
On Tuesday the angry employees staged a demonstration at the company premises claiming they have not been paid for three months, prompting Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago to intervene. He said the city would consider “blacklisting” the Chinese company if it didn’t address the workers’ concerns.
This is the third time workers at this company were striking in less than four months.
China Railway Seventh Group assistant country director Mr Cui Yun says, “Anyone with evidence should bring them forward and report to police.”
China Railway Seventh Group was contracted by KCCA to upgrade several junctions in Kampala