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Workers unpaid as flower firm flounders

12 February 2014, 13:40

Naivasha - The Kenya Planters and Agricultural Workers’ Union appealed to government to intervene in the crisis surrounding flower firm, Karuturi, to ensure workers received outstanding salaries.

The embattled company has been placed under receivership over claims of bankruptcy following its failure to pay workers and suppliers for some time.

The organizing Secretary of the Kenya Planters and Agricultural Workers’ Union, Meshack Khisa, said that due to the company’s financial woes, workers had not received their salaries for the past three months.

“We are urging the government to intervene so that workers are paid since they have not been paid since November last year in addition to working in deplorable conditions,” he said.

Karuturi has been in the limelight for different reasons including failure to pay suppliers and workers and claims of tax evasion.

Karuturi is said to have been put under the statutory management of Kieran Day and Ian Small of financial services firm The Business Advisory Group who will be charged with taking the company back to its feet.

The decision to put the company under receivership was received well by workers who expressed optimism in receiving their salaries in future although it remains uncertain they will receive their money.

Khisa said the union welcomed the decision to place the company under receivership.

Karuturi employs 4,000 workers and at its peak, exports 1.5 million cut-roses per day to Europe.

Its farm in Naivasha is home to 40 species of roses.

– CAJ News

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