CS Labour constitutes team to investigate discrimination at SGR

The Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection Amb. Ukur Yatani has constituted a team of senior officials from his ministry to carry out investigations at the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) on employees’ working conditions.

In a statement sent to newsrooms on Wednesday, the CS said he expected the committee to submit the report within seven days.

Last week, some SGR employees alleged being discriminated against by SGR management, including being paid less on the basis of race, unfair treatment, being subjected to long working hours, threats, harassment, racism at work and denial of the right of association, among others.

Should the investigations reveal violations of any section of the Labour Laws, appropriate corrective action, including prosecution would be taken against those found culpable, said Yatani

He said his attention has been drawn to reports in both print and electronic media on alleged abuse of employees at SGR which, if found to be true, pointed to violation of Labour Laws and Article 41 of the Kenya’s Constitution.

The CS noted that his ministry would ensure that all employers complied with the country’s labour laws, as well guard workers’ safety and health while at work.

Source: Kenya News Agency