COFEK Response in Letter to Director of Immigration copied to Mr Charles Ireland and Ms Tracey Barnes of EABL and Mr Ivan Menezes of Diageo PLC
An anonymous letter addressed to you in regard to the abovementioned subject matter, refers.
We are most aggrieved at the fact that your Department has not only allowed too many unnecessary expatriates but some like the one adversely mentioned at the EABL – to cause an untold pain to Kenyan workers on their own soil. It is very unfortunate that in the last on month, 3 senior officers including a Director in the Finance Department resigned on account of alleged mistreatment by Ms Barnes.
Indeed, it is difficult to comprehend and no manner of excuse(s) can justify the continued stay of Ms Tracy Barnes in Kenya, Kenya’s bilateral relations with the UK notwithstanding. In the spirit of fairness, however, and within the provisions of Article 50 of the Constitution, we DEMAND as follows;
(a) THAT Ms Tracy Barnes and all other expatriates at the EABL be summoned to your office, no later than 72 hours (and at which meeting we wish to be observers) to establish the validity and the merit of the said work permit(s).
(b) THAT your Department show cause, within 7 days with effect from the date hereof, why legal action should not be take against the entire Department and specifically your officers who approved the said work permits.
(c) THAT within 14 days, you provide firm grounds that such wrongs of commission and or omission in the issuance of work permits and passports (both ordinary and diplomatic) will not be entertained and should the same be breached- individual approving officers shall take full personal responsibility for the same.
We look forward to your early and favourable response. Thank you
November 2013: Group managing director and CEO Charles Ireland, finance director Tracey Barnes and supply chain director Christian Von Der Heide had been given a dateline by the ministry of labour to pay 57 workers or face arrest.
The employees were attached to EABL’s subsidiary Central Glass Industries (CGI) before their transfer to a human resources outsourcing firm, prompting them to seek the help of the ministry to claim their retirement dues from the listed brewer.
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