BY PETER KOMBE
Mombasa county Employment and Social Welfare on Friday issued a stern warning to companies operating at the port of Mombasa that flout labor laws.
According to the welfare some companies deduct both National Hospital and Insurance Fund and the National Social Security Fund but fail to remit to the relevant bodies.
Speaking during a social dialogue forum in a Mombasa hotel on Friday, Mombasa county Employment and Social Welfare chairperson Juma Renson said there is need for all companies to adhere to the stipulated labor laws.
“This is just the beginning. On Monday we shall stream-line these issues. We are tired of this, this is not the time to pay a worker ksh 250” he said.
The chair who also doubles as the Mikindani ward Member of County Assembly explained that some companies at the port facility not only under pay workers but also violate safety measures.
Mombasa county Labor officer Joseph Nyaga wants workers to report any form of mistreatment by employers to the relevant authorities.
He notes that dozens of workers remain silent even after being mistreated by their employers which he admits leads to loss of jobs.
“If you take the initiative of reporting to us we shall be able to track down on the rogue employers and take the necessary action” he noted.
Meanwhile, Seafarers Union chairperson David Hajj said the forum is handy as it addresses some of the teething problems that port users face.
“We shall give a record of all companies to the ministry of labor and both NSSF and NHIF” he noted.
The forum addressed among other issues employment rights and challenges facing workers in ship support services and related work at the port of Mombasa.
It aims at promoting decent working terms and conditions for port users.
The forum was organised by Forum for International Cooperation in partnership with the Federation of Kenyans and the Central Organization of Trade Unions COTU.