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January 23, 2021

Oro Wood Workers Rights Deprived

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Workers of Oro Wood Limited in Popondetta Nothern Province are frustrated atthe lack of action taken bythe provincial labor office to addresstheir grievances.

They have raised concern on safety atthe work place and proper wages buttheir plight have fallen on deaf ears.

These workers atthe Oro Wood Limited at Oro Bey work for 12hrs from 7am to 7pm every day.

They painstakingly clockthese hours without even taking a lunch break. Andthey are fed only snax biscuit and water provided bytheir employer.

Their safety is compromised asthey are forced to pay for the safety gears. The safety boots costs K35, helmet K10, K15 for the overall and K25 for the ID Card.

Many ofthem are paid K1.46 per hour belowthe minimum wage of K2.50 per hour.

Without a Human Resource Officer employed bythe companythe workers have trlied to getthe provincial labour office to investigatetheir plight but to no avail.

Last monththe Minister for Labour andIndustrial Relations Mark Maipakai visitedthe area but no action has been taken.

Attempts to contactthe company Oro Wood Limited were unsuccessful.

The provincial labour officer Copeland Gewa is yet to get back to us onthe issue.

Mickey Kavera, National EMTV News


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