Kenya: Sacked Staff Sue Murang’a’s Githambo Tea Factory

At least 13 former workers of Githambo Tea Factory in Murang’a County have gone to court, accusing the management of unlawfully terminating their employment.

In an application before Justice Njagi Marete of the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nyeri, the petitioners, through the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (Kpawu), say the factory’s administration fired them without notice.

In the suit, they have sued Githambo Tea Factory, which is under the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA).

They want their former employer compelled to reinstate them unconditionally.

Salaries and allowances

They have also requested Justice Marete to order the respondent to pay them salaries from the time they were dismissed in August 2020.

They have also sought for house allowance until the time the court delivers judgment on the case.

“The respondent should also include pay for our leave days that will be due at the time of reinstatement,” say the petitioners through lawyer Lucy Mwai.

The petitioners, who worked as logistics assistants at the Githambo tea buying centre, were sacked on August 20, 2020 following a special audit carried out by the management.

Ms Mwai says that according to the audit conducted by the factory’s unit manager, the petitioners had been registering false weights of the bags of tea leaves brought in by the farmers.