Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union
- Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union
name=Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU)
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, [http://wiserearth.org/organization/view/c3ae1e9bfb8ea3384fd3818faf28b8d7 Organization Info: Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union KPAWU] , "wiserearth.org", 20 July. Retrieved on 10 September 2008.] ]
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, [http://books.google.co.ke/books?id=3XBZBI6s59IC "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, [http://www.kenyalaw.org/Articles/show_article.php?view=251&cat=7&lmenu=2-1 'Minister's decision to ban use of tea plucking machines halted'] , "Kenya Law Reports", January. Retrieved on 10 September 2008.] ]
* Kenyan tea workers strike of 2007
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