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Tea workers’ union issues strike notice over pay deal

Workers plucking tea. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Workers plucking tea. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Tea plantation workers have issued a strike threat citing delays in the implementation of two salary deals signed with their employers in the past three years.

The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) said tea plantation owners have not honoured two Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) signed in 2014/2015 and 2016/2017.

“We have already obtained a court order compelling the Labour Commissioner to convene a meeting to discuss the two CBAs before the end of the week,” Cotu secretary-general Francis Atwoli told a briefing in Nakuru Wednesday.

He said more than 100,000 workers in tea plantations owned by multinationals in Kericho, Sotik and Nandi counties would down their tools if their grievances are not addressed within a week.