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18 Jan 2021

Daniel Chege, The Standard (Kenya)

Kenya: Union sues Vegpro for allegedly dismissing 970 workers for exercising right to protest

"Union in court to save 970 flower farm jobs"

A union has moved to court to challenge the dismissal of 970 workers from a flower company in Naivasha. The Kenya Export Floriculture, Horticulture and Allied Workers Union has sued Vegpro Company Limited, a floriculture and horticulture growing and exporting company, which owns Delamere Pivots and Gorge Farm, where the sacked employees worked.

In the suit before Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Hellen Wasilwa, the union wants the company's action of dismissing the staff to be declared unprocedural, unfair and wrongful...According to the union, the workers had downed their tools on November 1, 2018 after the company backed out of negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that covered the two farms, and disregarded the advice of an arbitrator on how to resolve the matter. "A dispute emanated between the parties and was taken to a conciliator who advised the parties to proceed and conclude the negotiations for the CBA,” reads the suit.