Last August, the branch of the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPAW) at the Nzoia Sugar Company reached a two-year agreement increasing wages and granting other financial benefits effective in October.
The agreement calls for a 9.5 percent wage increase in the first year and 6.5 per cent in the second year, in addition to a 6,000 Kenya shillings (KES) up from KES 5,000 in commuter allowance and 4,000 shillings (up from 2,400) in leave allowance. Child Care facilities at the workplace were also part of the negotiations. Having the company reached the target production on the month of June, all workers got a bonus of 12 percent on their basic salary.
In related news, the company employed a total of 204 unionisable employees between September and November, who became union members, among which 26 percent were women. (With information provided by Miriam Wanyama.)