10 March 2014

Kenya: Juja MP Leads Workers to Call Off Strike

The closure of a bag making factory in Juja on Saturday was shelved after area MP Francis Waititu pleaded with the factory management, striking staff and union officials to give dialogue a chance.

Ken Raha factory faced indefinite closure after workers laid down tools for two days citing long working hours, harassment, poor pay and poor working conditions and accused the management of arbitrary dismals among other complaints. But the MP who was called by the workers pleaded to the wrangling parties to enter into dialogue and try to resolve the issues.

Ken Raha Public Relations Officer Coco Wong said the two day strike by members of Tailors and Textile Worker union had led to immense losses and since the director was out of the country, the only alternative left was to close the factory until he returns to the country after one month since the Chinese workers at the factory felt unsafe after some of workers threatened them.

Wong said some of the complaints by the workers were not genuine and pleas to their leaders to enter into dialogue had fallen on deaf years. She said issues concerning pay must be justified and be in line with the labor laws but not through intimidation through strikes.

But after a one hour long meeting between the MP, the management, union Branch secretary Ruiru/ Kalimoni Opiyo Ochola, organizing secretary John Ndung'u and Ruiru OCPD Isack Thuranira an agreement was reached that the factory reopens this morning and the leaders hold a further meeting to resolve the issue.

Thuranira and the MP assured the management of security of both its foreign workers and the factory and called on the workers to maintain sobriety as the issue is being resolved.

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