1 February 2013

Kenya: Naivasha Flower Farm Workers Down Tools

Workers from two flower farms in Naivasha have downed their tools after some of their colleagues were injured in a road accident.

Over 2,000 workers from Panda and Star flower farms have gone on strike accusing the management of being responsible for the Friday morning accident in which ten workers were injured in a pickup while heading to work.

The workers are demanding that the management address the issue of transport in the farms. According to the secretary of the Kenya Plantations and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) Ferdinand Juma, the employers have for a long time ignored the issue of transport.

Juma said that hundreds of workers in various farms in the area did not offer their workers transport forcing them to seek lifts. "At the moment there is anxiety among the workers who do not know the fate of their colleagues in hospital," he said.

The union has called on the Ministry of Labour to investigate some flower farmers who are allegedly mistreating their workers. A senior manager from Panda said that the workers had since returned to work after the issue was addressed.

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