In Africa's most populous nation, a differing of opinions is a given. But when it comes views on homosexuality and queerness in the country, ... those of the elite take precedence. The colonial legacy in Nigeria has left the country, like many others, with a bias against non-heterosexual relations. And this has in turn been eaten up and spat out by the major religious institutions in the country.
A group of workers in Uganda Monday stormed the Ministry of Finance, demanding an improvement in workers conditions, as an ultimatum they had given the government expired.
Workers unions had given the government until the end of May to improve their conditions, but this passed without any response.
“We have been calling on government to work on our demands for sometime but we haven’t been getting responses,” Sam Lyomoki,the workers representative in parliament, said. “Since the only language that they understand is a strike, we have also decided to strike.”
The workers camped in the ministry’s boardroom, where they sang until they attracted Finance Minister, Fred Omach, who then had a closed meeting with the workers leaders to iron out their problems.
The workers also vowed to sleep at the ministry offices until they were assured their concerns were being worked on.
The workers are demanding involvement in the liberalisation of the pension sector and management of the National Social Security Fund.
They want the government to set a minimum wage to avoid the exploitation of workers by employers and investors and also want the establishment of industrial courts to settle workers.
National chairman of Union Drivers and Cyclists Moses Balerka said, “We will storm other ministries and government departments to make them respond to the workers demands”.
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