Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union

Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union

Infobox Union
name=Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU)

office=Nakuru, Kenya

The Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) is a trade union which represents workers in a number of agricultural sectors in Kenya, such as tea, coffee, and flowers. The KPAWU was established in 1963 when several unions were amalgamated.Leitner, K. 1976, 'The situation of agricultural workers in Kenya', "Review of African Political Economy", Vol. 3, No. 6, May, pp. 34-50.] Its head office is in Nakuru, a regional centre.Wiser Earth 2006, [ Organization Info: Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union KPAWU] , "", 20 July. Retrieved on 10 September 2008.]

Political activities

The KPAWU is engaged with a number of labour issues. Some of its work is focused on the elimination of child labour in Kenya's agricultural sector. Where plantation owners are seeking Fair Trade certification for their produce, the KPAWU plays a role in the implementation of international labour standards required under the Fair Trade rules. [Great Britain Parliament House of Commons International Development Committee 2007, [ "Fair Trade and Development: Seventh Report of Session 2006-07, Vol. 2: Oral and Written Evidence"] , The Stationery Office, London, p. 98.]

The KPAWU is opposed to mechanization of plantations on the grounds that the introduction of machines is a threat to jobs. For example, in 2006 it threatened strike action against a plantation owner which sought to introduce of tea-picking machines.Onchana, E. 2007, [ 'Minister's decision to ban use of tea plucking machines halted'] , "Kenya Law Reports", January. Retrieved on 10 September 2008.]

ee also

* Kenyan tea workers strike of 2007


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