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Kenyan power workers call off strike

A KPLC official
monitoring readings.
Nairobi, Kenya — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 15 March 2011 – Workers at Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) – the country’s only power supplier – have called off a strike over employment terms, after talks with the company’s management mediated by government officials.

The two sides agreed to hold a conciliation meeting today at the Ministry of Labour to try to resolve the issues, according to a signed agreement seen by Reuters.

Kenya Power and Lighting Company has been involved in a dispute with the Kenya Electrical Trade and Allied Workers Union (KETAWU), which claims more than a third of workers are on casual terms, in violation of the country’s labour law.

Union secretary-general Ernest Nadome told Reuters 6,000 workers had stopped work yesterday morning after Kenya Power had failed to honour this year’s collective bargaining deal.

The strike came months after KETAWU had called off a strike last September, saying it had secured an agreement over the issue. .

A Kenya Power spokesman said 75% of the staff had reported to work yesterday. Its shares closed up 6% at 22 shillings.