The Star (Nairobi)

11 January 2013

Kenya: Cane Workers Strike Over Pay

More than 20 employees of Busia Out Growers Sugar Company (Boco) in Nambale have gone on strike over non-payment of their three month salary arrears.

The sugarcane workers led by their representative Conrad Wambayi said yesterday the company owes them more than Sh2million. "It is unfair for the company to hold onto our payments despite we workers delivering our part," said one of the workers. "We want Ngweba to resign from his post as a matter of urgency because he is unable to fight for our rights."

The striking employees want the managing director of Boco, Abetas Ngweba to resign immediately because he has failed to address their plight. The workers said they will not resume duty unless they are paid their arrears. But the MD said the money was being held by Kenya Sugar Board.

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