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Darling Kenya workers on strike over poor pay

Darling Kenya workers on Thursday went on strike demanding better pay along with the right to be allowed to join the beauty products workers’ union.

Thousands of the company employees working in different departments downed their tools demanding an audience with the management.

The Kenya Union of Hair and Beauty chairman Alexander Maina told Nairobi News that the company has not complied with the 12 per cent increase in minimum wage announced on May 1, 2015.

“We have workers who earn as little as Sh6, 000 a month here and the management has been frustrating workers by denying them the right to join the workers’ union,” he said.

MISTREATED AT WORK

Mr Maina added that those who have joined the union are a small percentage of the total number of staff at the company and are often threatened by the management.

“They have been telling workers that if they join the union they will not be promoted to better positions and in some cases we have received complains of union members being mistreated at work,” he said.

The workers demonstrated outside the company headquarters in industrial area chanting slogans and waving placards with messages to the management.

Efforts to reach the management for a comment were fruitless as the receptionist kept saying they were in a meeting until end of the day.