Tea workers threaten to go on strike over living costs

Thousands of tea workers in multi-national tea companies warned on Sunday that they would go on strike to protest against the high cost of living.

They said they were living under harsh conditions due to high inflation that had subjected them to untold suffering.

The workers said they would rally behind the Cotu call unless the government addresses the problems affecting them.

Speaking in Tindiret District, the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) organising secretary, Mr Henry Omasire, said many workers went without meals because they could not afford it.

“Workers are the ones who suffer most whenever food prices increase and they are ready to strike to force the government to come into their rescue,” the official said.

He urged tea companies to stick to the new labour laws and not to violate workers rights by subjecting hundreds of them to work as casuals for years.

The casual workers should enjoy full rights in the companies they work for, since most of term had plucked tea for more 15 years.

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