Nakumatt workers protest to push for salaries

Workers of the troubled Nakumatt supermarkets took to the streets of Nairobi Tuesday to push the management to pay them the two-month salary they claim they are owed.

Nakumatt Supermarkets Managing Director Atul Shah urged the workers to return to work since the company is in the process of clearing arrears they are owed.

The workers further claimed that the retailer was not remitting statutory deductions and other deductions done through the check-off system such as loans.

After accumulating debt of over 15 billion shillings, Nakumatt Supermarkets has been facing financial challenges that has seen some companies cut off supplies, workers accumulating salary arrears and some branches closed.

The retailer recently reached a deal with workers that would see payment if salary spread over three weeks in installments of 30 percent, 30 percent and 40 percent.

However, workers who are allegedly demanding a two-month salary arrears took to the streets of Nairobi to express their dissatisfaction over how the matter is being handled. They marched to the company headquarters to present their petition to the management.

The workers accused Nakumatt Supermarkets’ management of allegedly not remitting their loan deductions, pension and other statuary deductions.

Shah who addressed the workers noted that the grievances were being addressed.

The workers are adamant that they will not return to work until the management fully addresses their grievances.


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