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Kenyan truck drivers demand union rights

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Workers faced police violence during peaceful protest

  • About the campaign

    In March, after workers at Agility who were on strike were attacked and beaten by police, more than 8,000 people signed a petition condemning the violence and demanding that the company negotiate with workers to end the strike peacefully. International support helped bring the company to the negotiating table and secure agreement that those who had been on strike would not be penalised by the company.

    Now the drivers need our support again to bring an end to the harassment and victimisation of union members, and secure union recognition.

    How you can help support the drivers

    1. Click here to add to the mass email protest sent to Agility Logistics' CEO demanding that the company negotiates with workers and recognises their union.  

    2. Send a message to Agility's Chief Operating Officer and Senior VP for Middle East and Africa - see 2 'take action now', above

    3. Share the drivers’ stories on social media and help draw the world’s attention to their campaign. Click on ‘Campaign Materials’ above for images you can share. Tweet to the company @agility and the CEO @tarek_sultan and use hashtag #agilityunionrightsnow 

    4. Sign up to receive updates on the campaign by adding your email address under ‘take action now’

    Background

    Truck drivers in Kenya are demanding their employer recognises their union and addresses dangerous and unfair working conditions.

    The drivers work for Agility Logistics, one of the world’s largest logistics companies, headquartered in Kuwait. They work on Kenya’s northern corridor, a key route for trucks carrying cargo within Kenya and into Uganda, Tanzania and other countries. Companies operating in this region are notorious for anti-union activity and many workers have been dismissed for seeking to join a union.

    Drivers have reported working excessive hours with inadequate rest breaks, unfair dismissals of union members, and workers being employed on precarious short-term contracts.

    When a group of workers began a peaceful protest against excessive working hours, intimidation and denial of union recognition, the police responded with violence and intimidation. For more information about the protest click on ‘Timeline’ above. 

    Within two days of the police violence over 5,000 supporters had written to the CEO of Agility Logistics demanding an end to violence and for the company to enter negotiations. This pressure was essential in bringing the company to the negotiating table.

    The drivers have now returned to work, but their campaign for union recognition and decent working conditions continues. International attention helped stop violence against the striking workers, and it can help achieve union recognition and better working conditions.

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Sarah Finke

1336 Days Ago
Domino's Pizza workers in US are in solidarity with Agility workers in Kenya! See goo.gl…
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Is KLDTDAWU the Right Union

1343 Days Ago
KLDTDAWU-profile -Regregistered 2007,formalized 2010 with 60membership out of which 16recognized by law 44pending Court cases and /Labour Disputes.ref CAUSE 303 & 171 2010 judgement deliverd 19th 2012.
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Is KLDTDAWU the Right Union

1343 Days Ago
KLDTDAWU-profile -Regregistered 2007,formalized 2010 with 60membership out of which 16recognized by law 44pending Court cases and /Labour Disputes.ref CAUSE 303 & 171 2010 judgement deliverd 19th 2012.
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ITF TIMELINE-what you DINT know

1347 Days Ago
• 02.04/2015-Internal Company transfers-are defined in Company’s Policy and appointment letters-copy available-KLDTDAWU-in full defiance offering blatant threat to management-audio ref available.• 02.04.15-press conference with dockers-picture post-kindly verify forces/faces behind NCC-chairmanship and KLDTDAWU Sec. Gen and Gen sec issuing access restriction threat to public infrastructure in full defiance of Court Order. ref letter ref NCC/MISCE/10/15.• 01.04.15-Police details on truck. Agility has contractual agreement with clients both at the airport/port on security escort on high valued cargo-Copies of contracts available-• 01.04.15- employee’s loyalty declaration. ITF is fighting for a RIGHT while employees also have a right of expression and association with union of choice please ref chap 5(70)of kenya Constitution .our drivers being used by union to be recognized ref- Return to work formulae drafted by Union Sec –Copy available in full defiance of conciliation• 01.04.5 KLDTAWU meeting with Dock workers Union-please ref to the composition of the two organizations-Chairman NCC ,same Sec Gen to KLDTAWU.he should avail copies of conciliation issued to him by Ministry of Labour. he has Used the Union, NCC, Labour Ministry to perfect a mission now ITF is the new kid on the Block-WORLD SHOULD KNOW-do Kenyans have Courts.
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FROM DRIVERS DESK

1349 Days Ago
Facts to know. Agility staff hv both welfare and sacco established 4years with drivers& mechanics forming majority approved by management .sacked employee intervened has 3memos prio to his sacking and used by ITF to purport tb sacked after joining Union ref to interview Purported union using members and blatant threat to stop company transfer ref to posted clip ,audio threat clip available. Union illegally gaging company to recognition using driver ILLEGAL strike-ref to retun to work agreements drafted by Union Sec. Union sec through NCC issuing to company blacklist threat to cargo outlets ref to NCC letter copy available .No formal Grievance has ever been presented to Agility By Union nor Drivers despite management forming 5represenation from Drivers to management and declaration to have weekly meetings with reps.from you treet postings you should know-(1-sacked/intimidated employee 2-purported Union and Sec Gen-3-NCC and membership
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let truth prevail

1349 Days Ago
facts to know .no single driver was beaten or reported to be beaten..emplyee sacked from both Company & union acting as organizer/spokesman-Drivers voluntarily /are KLDTDAW members since 2013,sec Gen KLDTAW had not gathered requisite no meriting recognition labour Ministry same sec Gen is an ex at NCC,same Union in full defiance is offering blatant threat on internal co tranfers.let ITF know.Joining Union is free-let KLDTDAW give you formal grievance ever presented to Agility.
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concerned kenyan

1350 Days Ago
with diligence please avoid impartially in reporting please filter facts from fiction drivers are members of the Union voluntarily let Union say what they have achieved for the drivers aparts from illegal incitement misinformation and kes 520 monthly subsciption having not been able to recruit for lack of ideologies
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concerned kenyan

1350 Days Ago
I appreciate your solidarity in quest to fight for fundamental right enshrined in the constitution and highlight with ITF having international reputation I would have the below highlight
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Sarah Finke

1350 Days Ago
Thanks Wilma for your comment, we are in Kenya now and the situation is worse but the workers are strong. Watch this film to see what they are saying: goo.gl…
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Wilma Clement

1355 Days Ago
If you needed proof that Workers' Rights are under attack, look no further. Join the fight, it's them today, you tomorrow!
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