Del Monte Kenya Limited (DMK) has disputed claims employees had gone on strike over human rights abuse adding that employees are back to work after staging a sit-in on the 7th of January.
The sit-in according to the management was to raise grievances, the main one being a misunderstanding over the outsourcing of third-party laborers.
Through a presser, Managing Director Stergios Gkaliamoutsas says the management team immediately held a meeting with the employees’ elected shop stewards and the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) Officials from both the local branch and National office.
“At the meeting, the management listened to the staff, clarified the misunderstandings, and amicably and swiftly resolved their concerns,” he said.
Subsequently, all the employees resumed work on the same day.
Gkaliamoutsas in addition states that DMK is known for having a longstanding commitment to human rights, ethics, and compliance.
“For many years DMK has voluntarily subscribed to the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Code of Conduct, Business Social Compliance Initiative, and other internationally recognized standards whose focus is on employee social welfare and compliance to labor laws.”
The MD further states that compliance with the requirements of these standards is verified annually by thorough unannounced third-party audits, which independently conduct interviews amongst over 6,000 DMK employees and neighboring communities.
“DMK has always excelled in these audits, and it is for this reason that we were the first company in Africa to have achieved the SA 8000 (Social Accountability) Certificate,” he added.