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News : Orange Kenya Workers Call Off Strike to Seek Legal Redress
Oct 17, 2014 -- Orange Kenya employees have called off their week-old strike over bonus pay and instead lodged a case at the Industrial Court. Benson Okwaro, the secretary-general of the Communication Workers Union (Cowu) told Business Daily that the union had reached an agreement on two issues but that the parties disagreed on the bonus issue, forcing them to seek redress at the Industrial Court. The employees were expected to resume work on 17 October.
The two issues agreed upon are overtime payments to some 54 employees effective October and investigations into alleged harassment of union members at the call centre. The workers are claiming that they were being paid a token KES 2,000 bonus while some senior staff were getting as much as KES 1 million each.
Orange Kenya has close to 1,500 employees, two-thirds of whom are Cowu members. The staff claim that non-unionised staff and senior managers are getting paid an average bonus of between KES 30,000 and KES 1 million. Orange Kenya management has maintained its stand that the unionised staff are not eligible for bonuses. The management aid the cases of harassment and intimidation of certain members of the union are being addressed.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Orange is the brand used by France T?l?com for its mobile network operator and Internet service provider subsidiaries. The brand was created in 1994 for Hutchison Telecom's UK mobile phone network, which was acquired by France T?l?com in August 2000. In 2006, the company's ISP operations, previously Wanadoo, were also rebranded Orange. Orange is now the unique commercial fa?ade of almost all France Telecom services. Orange France was incorporated in 2005 and has its headquarters in Arcueil, France.
Published: Monday, October 20, 2014