The Ruiru based plant has been accused of violating labour rights for many years.
In a letter seen by Uhondo News, one of the company’s worker reported brutal working conditions in the steel plant.
The worker revealed numerous cases where Maisha Mabati Mills workers are left to suffer after sustaining workplace injuries, leaving them unable to work and deprived of income.
According to the letter, the worker noted that a 15-tonne coil fell from a moving trolley and hit his workmate . He was rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital but succumbed to his injuries due to the plant’s negligence. He also went out to point another case where an aluminium gnot fell on a worker while offloading it from a truck and the company has left him to suffer at Kenyatta National Hospital without checking up on him.
He went on to reveal that they pay millions in bribe to the police and government officials who come to probe such cases .
Citations like that happen regularly, year-round, highlighting that going to work is still a hazard for over 200 Kenyans directly employed in the company.
The deaths and disabilities that result from appalling working conditions are cruel.
The particularly heinous nature of this exploitation is that there are almost always alternatives to prevent or minimize exposure. Solutions to this abuse of workers’ rights are available and the government compel Maisha Mabati Mills to adopt them.