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6 Jun 2023

David Sadler, Globe World News Echo, UK

Kenyan workers bringing lawsuit against James Finlay Ltd. write to King Charles to demand justice

"Kenyan Workers Exploited By A British Company Demand Justice From King Charles"

Kenyan workers employed by a British tea company in Kenya have written to King Charles of Britain asking him to intervene in their fight to get justice for their “inhumane” working conditions.

Hundreds of former and current employees of James Finlay & Company ... launched a multimillion-pound class-action lawsuit against the company in Scotland’s highest civil court.

The workers are demanding compensation, claiming they suffered life-changing injuries due to harsh and dangerous work practices, and some workers say they were sexually abused by male supervisors. Escalating their campaign, they sent handwritten letters containing allegations of suffering and ill-treatment to the king...

They alleged that they were forced to work from 6:30 am to 6 pm six days a week without food or breaks, or even to go to the toilet. They also alleged that they were ordered to carry baskets of tea leaves weighing up to 42 pounds, which caused permanent damage to the spines of some of them.


The worker, Jituna Idinga, 60, has been working in the company for decades, and says: “After suffering from back pain, I was diagnosed with small spasms in the lower back. Instead of helping me with medical treatment, the company dismissed me, claiming that I was redundant, and did not pay me any compensation.” Edinga was forced to retire for health reasons in 2016 and says she still suffers from chronic back pain.