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Tuskys, union yet to strike deal on pay dispute

Tuskys supermarket and its employees are yet to reach a deal in all areas of dispute that led to the strike in December last year.

Tusker Mattress Limited and the employees through Kenya Union of Commercial Food and Allied Workers (KUCFAW) have however resolved most of the key areas of concern.

The strike by the workers on December 19, 2013 to demand for better terms of service led to the closure of Tuskys outlets countrywide.

Lawyer Dickens Ouma representing the Federation of Kenya employers (FKE) told Industrial Court Judge James Rika that they may withdraw the entire suit from court as the ongoing negotiations have been fruitful and to the satisfaction of both parties.

“The substantive issues have been resolved but we are still in discussions. We will report to court on the progress of the negotiations,” explained lawyer Ouma.

The application was filed by Tusker Mattress Limited on December 19, under a certificate of urgency seeking court orders to stop the strike on the grounds that KUCFAW had not issued a strike notice thus going against the Labour Relations Act and the law.

The supermarket had also stated that they have been negotiating on issues affecting the union’s members which had yet to be concluded.

The parties are expected to report to court on the progress of the negotiations.