Commerce unionist Francis Atwoli has issued a raft of calls for to 2 British-owned tea companies after an undercover investigation by BBC Panorama and BBC Africa Eye uncovered the rampant sexual abuse of plantation employees.
In a strongly-worded assertion launched on Wednesday, February 22, Atwoli mentioned the documentary dubbed ‘Intercourse for Work: The True Price of Our Tea’ uncovered the risks of outsourced labour within the tea sector.
He submitted a raft of irreducible minimums aimed on the multinationals – James Finlay and Unilever – in a bid to guard Kenyan employees transferring ahead.
Atwoli, the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Employees Union (KPAWU) Secretary Normal, demanded that James Finlay and Unilever instantly cease outsourcing labour via the usage of contractors.
He added that the 2 companies ought to supply direct employment to all staff who’re presently below contract.
“Outsourcing of labour impacts the rights and welfare of employees contemplating they work on the mercy of contracted corporations and never the mother or father firm. This documentary has clearly uncovered the risks of outsourced labour making an allowance for James Finlay’s and Unilever opted to make use of the property managers to outsource labour slightly than straight make use of these employees,” he said.
Atwoli, who doubles up because the Central Organisation of Commerce Unions (COTU) boss, additionally accused tea corporations of utilizing ways that hinder employees from becoming a member of unions.
“Many of the girls working within the tea estates are denied the chance to hitch a union that will advocate for his or her rights and represents their pursuits.” He mentioned.
Including: “Unknown to many Kenyans, most multinationals use union busting ways to make sure that their that their employees usually are not represented in any union and that they don’t seem to be in any type of formal employment.”
Additional, the KPAWU Secretary Normal mentioned James Finlay and Unilever should transcend apologising and issuing their procedural disaster communication as seen on their web sites.
“They need to pay damages and compensation to the affected employees contemplating the emotional and well being damages induced,” Atwoli demanded.
Learn Atwoli’s full assertion beneath.