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Tea workers to fight for their jobs

Workers pick tea at a farm in Kericho. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Workers pick tea at a farm in Kericho. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Tea workers through their union will Thursday argue why they should not be sacked for striking to push for the implementation of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The Labour Court had temporarily stopped the companies from sacking or evicting the employees from their staff quarters, after they issued a strike notice to push for the implementation of the outstanding issues pertaining to the 2016/2017 CBA.

The order was directed at the Kenya Tea Growers Association, Unilever Tea (K) Ltd, Sotik Tea Company Ltd, Kakuzi Ltd #ticker:KUKZ, and Eastern Produce (K) Ltd.

The Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) and the tea companies are also in court in a separate case, which commenced following a strike notice issued earlier this year, to push for implementation of the said CBA.

Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Monica Mbaru had ordered that the strike be called off and that the parties to negotiate the 2016/2017 CBA before the Labour Commissioner.

Mr Francis Atwoli, National General Secretary KPAWU has in court papers asked the union to withdrew the strike.

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