One of the leading flower farms in Naivasha has been given until Monday to address its working conditions failure to which it will be closed down.
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One of the leading flower farms in Naivasha has been given until Monday to address its working conditions failure to which it will be closed down.

Naivasha : Kenya | Aug 05, 2011 at 4:50 AM PDT
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BY JACK MARWA NOTICE 5TH

NAIVASHA KENYA 5TH . One of the leading flower farms in Naivasha has been given until Monday to address its working conditions failure to which it will be closed down.

Issuing the 48-hour-notice to Sunbuds flower farm, the Naivasha district public health officer Samuel King’ori termed conditions in the farm as wanting.

He said that if the farm management did not address the raised issues, the farm would be closed on Monday under the public health act.

On Monday, close to 200 workers from the farm went on strike over low wages and poor working conditions.

A visit by Naivasha Mp John Mututho and government officers found the conditions in the farm as deplorable with the owner Marat Goldenberg promising to change.

And yesterday, a fact finding mission by officers from the public health found that no changes had been effected as promised.

King’ori noted that their investigations had proved that the workers were not provided with protective clothing despite coming into contacts with chemicals.

“Chemicals are stored on poorly constructed shelves while those workers handling them are provided with mouths masks and light overcoats only,”

According to the public health officer, there were only four latrines serving the workers and they were in pathetic condition.

“One of the units is dilapidated, offers no privacy to users and there is no urinal provided,” he noted.

King’ori noted that the office was housed in a metal container that also served as the general and chemical store.

He said that his officers were left in shock after realizing that the employer did not even provide clean drinking water for his workers.

“We have issued a notice to all flower farmers flouting the public health that they will be arrested and arraigned in court,”

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jackmarwa is based in Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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