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265 AGOA girls sacked

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th October 2003 03:00 AM

APPARELS Tri-Star management yesterday said it fired up to 265 of their pioneer workers

APPARELS Tri-Star management yesterday said it fired up to 265 of their pioneer workers

By Vision Reporters

APPARELS Tri-Star management yesterday said it fired up to 265 of their pioneer workers, following a three-day stand-off, despite a court order restraining the action.

The factory resumed production at 2:00pm with the remaining 1,100 employees being mainly recently recruited staff from Jinja.

Tri-Star boss Vellupillai Kananathan called the exercise a cleanup of saboteurs. He urged remaining workers to seek dialogue whenever faced with grievances.

Kananathan denied knowledge of Interim Court Order, which was secured by the employees and Trade Unionists on behalf of the victims.

The Police maintained a strong force at the premises and reinforced the anti-riot team with an armoured police water canon truck and plain-clothes operatives.

After the sacking, about 300 girls marched to Parliament in protest and demanded to be re-instated or be given a month’s salary, benefits and transport home.

Former ethics and integrity minister Miria Matembe, Aggrey Awori (Samia Bugwe South), Workers MPs Jonam Pajobo and Wandera Ogalo, addressed the girls.

“There is a provision in the law in which your employer can be restrained from firing you until the impasse is resolved,” Awori said

265 AGOA girls sacked

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