More than 2000 workers have been camping outside Mombasa EPZ unit 2 for the last two weeks after being allegedly locked out by the company management on claims they want to form a union.
The Workers claimed to have been out of the company premises since January 4th 2015 and this has really drained them financially.
“The law says clearly that every worker has the right to join a union of his or her own choice,so how did we disobey the management by us joining the union?” said Richard Musa; one of the workers.
The Changamwe based EPZ workers also accused a number of the Mombasa leaders of siding with the employer and failing to fight for their rights.
“There is no leader from the government that has come to fight for us, what we see are only police lorries, they are treating us like Al-shabaab by beating us, yet we are only fighting for our rights,” said Lakeli Kilonzo.
However, when Baraka FM contacted the company’s management; they said there had not refused the workers to join any union, but their jobs were seasonal and had come to an end.
““In the contract we have the start date and the end date , we have to analyse whether there will be work or not if we don’t have, then we have to the company.“ said one of the managers who did not want to be named.
The management further added that they employ over 10,000 employees in Kenya and always looking for ways to create jobs in the market but at the moment the case is in court.
There are four Mombasa Apparel EPZ companies in Mombasa, namely; two in Jomvu and Mtwapa and the other two in Changamwe.