Cane transporters in Nzoia Sugar Company have caused delay in the Company’s activities after they stopped ferrying canes in the factory for five days consecutively.
The drivers went on strike citing unfavorable working conditions.
Speaking to www.westfm.co.ke in his office in an exclusive interview, the secretary for drivers union in that Company Mr. Joseph Khaemba accused the workers union of contributing to their predicaments.
Khaemba said the workers union has forgotten its mandate in advocating for the rights of its members and has instead frustrated them in every way by ignoring even their basic rights like uniforms, allowances, favorable working conditions and appraisals for working extra time.
“The workers union role is to ensure that we are never frustrated by ensuring we work in favorable conditions, have uniforms and get our allowances when we work for extra time. They have ignored all this,” Khaemba stated.
“This is the workers union role but as you can see since we went on strike they have never responded or even talked to us therefore this makes us wonder on the type of the work they do in representing workers,” he asserted.
Some of the problems the drivers complained they were going through are; working for long hours without allowances, lack of uniforms meant for their work and not being identified by the management of Nzoia Sugar Company.
“How can we work without proper uniforms meant for this work? It is impossible! Our plight is never known because the management does not even recognize us,” Khaemba added.
The cane transporters now want their plight to be addressed and their problems solved amicably for them to return to work.