Over 3,350 unionisable workers under Kakuzi PLC on Wednesday, April 10, received a 16 per cent salary increase.
This followed the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU).
Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) Secretary General Francis Atwoli signed the CBA agreement on behalf of KPAWU.
“I wish to thank the management of Kakuzi PLC for the quick response to my proposal to negotiate a CBA that will cushion workers from the high cost of living,” Atwoli stated following the pay rise.
A photo of President William Ruto and COTU boss Francis Atwoli during the Labour Day Celebrations at Uhuru Gardens on May 1, 2023
The workers will enjoy the increased salaries over a period of two years starting January 2024.
Kakuzi PLC through its Managing Director Chris Flowers noted that the company prioritised human capital welfare hence the pay rise.
“Kakuzi PLC appreciates the support that Atwoli and the KPAWU Leadership extended to complete the CBA negotiations successfully,” the company spoke of the COTU boss.
“As a responsible company, our employees’ welfare is paramount, and this signing affirms our commitment to continue providing a safe workplace while maintaining good relationships between the company, employees and the Union.”
Atwoli speaking during the event which was held in Nakuru noted that this was the first of many negotiations with various companies to increase salaries and improve workers’ welfare.
The COTU Secretary General urged other local companies in Kenya to consider the plight of workers who are members of labour unions.
Atwoli remarked that this an opportune time for workers to receive a pay rise considering the prevailing tough economic conditions.
“I will include corporate commitments to clear CBA negotiations in time as the Union continues to pursue a win-win strategy cognizant of the national and global economic challenges,” he added.
Avocados ready for picking in Kakuzi plantation.