The Star (Nairobi)

14 December 2013

Kenya: 900 EPZ Staff Down Tools

OVER 900 workers from three branches of the EPZ Company in Changamwe Mombasa County are on strike over their pay. The workers from the Mega, Capric and Changamwe EPZ branches today took to the streets demanding the company to consider their overtime payments.

They also claim the company administration has been intimidating most of the casual staffs and even after launching their complains some end up being fired.

Speaking to the Star some of the workers from the Mega branch and who did not want to be identified for security reasons claimed that the current administration has been intimidating their efforts to claim their rights.

The workers now want some of the administration staff to be transferred or investigated over their bad leadership. "We are working for long hours, the administration is firing us whenever we complain our efforts to fight for our rights are blocked by some of the administrative staff," he claimed.

However the workers have now ganged up to form a union that will champion for their rights. Led by the area ward representative Jimmy Odari said his efforts to find out the complain from the company directors was in vain.

"I tried my best to talk to the Human resource manager of the Mega EPZ Company but instead she told me she was off duty and did not know the problem. As leaders from this region its our mandate to fight for the rights of our people, we will try through the right channels to make sure a solution is attained," said Odari.

One of the branch management officials who did no want to be named distanced herself from the claims saying she was not in a position to say anything. The two day strike has now paralyzed operations in the company.

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