More than 3,350 workers at Kakuzi Makuyu operations site will enjoy a 16% general wage increase over the next two years, effective January 2024.
Unionisable workers at listed company, Kakuzi have received a salary rise following the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU). The more than 3,350 workers at Kakuzi Makuyu operations site will enjoy a 16% general wage increase over the next two years, effective January 2024.
Kakuzi’s managing director, Mr Chris Flowers, said the firm will continue prioritising its human capital welfare by providing quality working conditions, rewards and benefits. He said Kakuzi is pursuing several initiatives to enhance its continued commitment to its ESG principles.
“While we acknowledge that the business has to be sustainable to provide decent jobs, we also must recognise our broader responsibilities to lift others as we grow,” Flowers said.
The signing of the updated CBA follows a recent round of mutual negotiations between Kakuzi officials led by the firm’s general manager, human resources, Dr Wilson Odiyo, and KPAWU officials led by general secretary, Dr Francis Atwoli, and deputy general secretary Thomas Kipkemboi.
Speaking in Nakuru during the signing ceremony, Dr Atwoli, who is also the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) secretary general, implored local enterprises to remain considerate of the plight of unionisable workers in light of the prevailing economic challenges. This, he said, includes 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.
“I want to thank Kakuzi management for a positive response to KPAWU proposals and being considerate of the unionisable workers in a shared prosperity model,” Dr Atwoli said. “We wish Kakuzi well in its agribusiness endeavours and hope for sustained positive industrial relations as economic times improve.”
Last month, Kakuzi released its fourth Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report, ‘For People with Purpose’.