Over 350 employees of the Dominion Farms Limited in Siaya County have downed their tools demanding five months salary arrears from the management .
The workers, who trekked to the Siaya county commissioner’s office demanding for intervention from the national government to compel the American Investor to pay their dues, said they were demanding over sh. 35 million from their employer.
Spokesman, John Owino said that the company has also not been remitting statutory deductions for more than a year now pointing out that since April 2016, the management has not remitted monies to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), the National Social Security Fund and taxes due to the Kenya Revenue Authority.
He said that they were currently unable to meet their financial obligations, among them paying school fees, feeding their families, and vowed not to resume duty until their demands were addressed.
Addressing the workers, Siaya Deputy County Commissioner, Joseph Sawe urged them to go back to work as their grievances were being addressed.
Sawe who was flanked by the and the central Alego member of County Assembly, Leonard Oriaro promised to take up the matter with the company management.
After several hours of deliberations, the workers agreed to trek back to the company but warned that if they will not have been paid by Monday, they will camp at the gates and bring business to a standstill.
Dominion Farms Limited Director, Chris Abir could not be reached for comment as his phone went unanswered.
Source: Kenya News Agency