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8 Mar 2021

Kenyan farm workers sue James Finlay Kenya in Scottish court for health complications from alleged poor working conditions

"Kenyan farm workers launch Scottish legal bid against tea giant," 5 Mar 2021

Seven farm workers from Kenya are suing one of the world's biggest tea producers for damages in a personal injury court in Scotland. The tea pickers allege they have suffered severe health problems because of working conditions on farms run by James Finlay Kenya Ltd. It is part of a multi-national company which can trace its roots back to Glasgow in the 18th Century. The firm is opposing the action and has defended its health and safety record. Finlays began as a cotton trader in Scotland in 1750 and now has operations on five continents, with Starbucks among its customers.

The scale of the business is such that it makes enough tea to fuel the annual demand from the whole of the UK. The company moved its headquarters from Glasgow to London 15 years ago but its registered office address is in Aberdeen, leaving it open to legal action in Scotland's courts. The seven men and women are suing for damages of £15,000 each in the All Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court in Edinburgh.