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Flower farms workers told to stop dying in silence

11 December 2014, 19:00

Naivasha - Flower farm workers have been called upon to stop dying in silence and report and abuses and violation of rights by their employers.

The Kenya plantation and allied workers union secretary general, Francis Atwoli, has told the workers that their grievances can only be addressed if they voice them out.

Speaking yesterday at Naivasha’s Finlay farm, Atwoli who is also the COTU secretary general said that his union can only intervene upon receiving a formal complain from the workers.

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“According to labour laws, the union can only come in after receiving a formal complaint from the worker. Your concerns cannot be addressed if you decide to keep quiet, if there is a problem you must come out and let them be addressed,” said Atwoli.

Atwoli reminded the workers that the union’s main agenda and objective was to ensure that their rights as workers are safeguarded.

“The union was create by you so that it could help you and ensure that no one can violate your rights, but if you don’t want to sue it then you will suffer,” he said.

The COTU boss said that his union will not tire until all flower farm workers get better and humane working conditions as well as better salaries.

- MyNews24

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