The Star (Nairobi)

21 May 2012

Kenya: Workers On Uasin Gishu Farms Up in Arms

FLOWER farm workers in Uasin Gishu county are up in arms over alleged poor working conditions. They said they are risking their health as they work without protective gears. They said their employers make millions of shillings but do not care for their welfare. The workers said their efforts to seek the help of the Ministry of Labour hit a dead end after a senior officer at the ministry was allegedly bribed by their employers.

Workers Rights Union has threatened to issue a list of shame of all companies involved in exploitation of workers if no action is taken against them. While making the announcement, Workers Rights Union North Rift secretary general of Joseph Etabo said majority of the companies involved in exploitation of its workers are owned by influential politicians in the region.

Etabo issued a one-month ultimatum to all flower farms to improve the working conditions and desist from exploiting workers. "I am a father with a family of five children but after working throughout the day, I am paid only Sh120. How am I supposed to vent my family with this?" Complained one of the workers at the flower farm.

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