Sony Sugar workers to down tools over delayed salaries


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Sony Sugar Company factory. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • This comes after the workers, in a letter by Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation and Allied Workers deputy secretary General John Ogutu dated March 23, 2019, issued a seven day strike notice to the company.
  • Speaking to Citizen Digital, Mr. Ogutu said casual workers have not received salaries for two months (January and February) while permanent workers are yet to receive February salaries.
  • The union boss further stated that the company was yet to address issues raised by the workers, adding that they will ensure all services are paralyzed if the money is not wired into their accounts.

Sony Sugar Company Limited workers have vowed to down their tools on Monday if they are not paid their pending salaries by end of Sunday, March 31, 2019.

This comes after the workers in a letter dated March 23, 2019 issued a seven-day strike notice to the company.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation and Allied Workers Deputy Secretary-General John Ogutu said casual workers have not received salaries for two months (January and February) while permanent workers are yet to receive February salaries.

The union boss further stated that the company was yet to address issues raised by the workers, adding that they will ensure all services are paralyzed if the money is not wired into their accounts.

Sony Sugar Company Managing Director Bernard Otieno, however, said the planned strike is illegal and that any worker who will engage in such will be subjected to disciplinary action including sacking.

While acknowledging that the company had indeed not paid the workers’ salaries, Mr. Otieno stated that that does not warrant any industrial action from the workers saying the payments will be made next week.

He added that the Sony Sugar Company has been facing financial challenges, but noted that they are in the process of  getting solutions.

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