Eastleigh Mattresses sues labour ministry over inspection

By: MAUREEN KAKAH

A supermarket chain has moved to court to stop the prosecution of its directors for failing to provide employment records for inspection by the labour commissioner.

Eastleigh Mattresses Ltd that operates several outlets across the country, has sued the Labour Cabinet Secretary for ordering a fresh inspection of its outlets.

The first inspection was done on July 9 but the Ministry of Labour ordered another assessment be done on August 5 after concerns were raised by the Kenya Human Rights Commission and an undisclosed workers’ union.

The supermarket through lawyer Colbert Ojiambo wants the court to stop the labour commissioner from inspecting their employment records.

According to Eastleigh Mattresses, their employment records have already been checked by a labour officer from the Nairobi County government.

In a suit filed at the High Court in Nairobi on Thursday, the Supermarket claimed that the matter is urgent because they have received a notice of intention to charge its directors for not allowing another inspection.

They alleged that the last inspection was done by the Nairobi County Labour Officer for the 2012-2014 period who issued a report confirming that they complied with set requirements.

“The labour commissioner has no such powers vested on him to inspect the Eastleigh Mattresses employment records and therefore such an action contravenes the powers of the commissioner,” Mr Ojiambo said.