Pyrethrum workers demonstrate over delayed pay
07 October 2013, 19:24
Nakuru - Workers of Nakuru Pyrethrum Board of Kenya (PBK) on Monday held a peaceful demonstration in Nakuru town demanding their five months salary.
The workers complained that the managing director of PBK Issac Muraguri has been playing games with their salary yet they have been working faithfully.
According to a worker who spoke to the media, Samuel Makanga, the last time they receive their payments was in April.
“We have been working for five months and all the director is telling us is that he will pay us but nothing is happening,” he said.
Makanga noted that the Pyrethrum has been generating money after they process flowers but the board of directors keep complaining that they have no money to pay the workers.
He said that it is high time the government fired the top management of PBK for the once vibrant industry to remain relevant.
(Demonstrating Nakuru PBK workers. Photo: Wilshere, News24 user)
The workers said they could not understand where the money was going yet flowers are processed daily at the factory.
“The government has to fire the director and his board for this company to develop because flowers are processed everyday but we never get our pay,” said Makanga.
Speaking to the media at his office, Issac Muraguri said that the Nakuru Pyrethrum Board of Kenya does not have money to pay the workers.
Muraguri maintained that the workers have not been working for the last five months.
He said that the government promised to inject KES 300 million to the PBK but they have received nothing so far.
“How do we pay people who have not been working for months and we did not process any flowers?” he charged.
He said that PBK is a private company which is funded by farmers and that the workers get paid after sale of the final product of the pyrethrum.
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