Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has launched investigations into the alleged mistreatment of local employees by the Chinese company that operates the standard gauge rail (SGR).
China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) management has been accused of racism and blatant discrimination against Kenyan workers.
KRC Managing Director Atanas Maina has said that the Chinese contractor will be probed for the recent allegations made in the media, and if found guilty “action will be taken in accordance with the contract between us and the operator and in accordance with the laws of Kenya.”
“We have launched investigations into alleged incidents of mistreatment of local staff employed to facilitate operations at the standard gauge railway,” Mr Maina said.
On Sunday, investigations by a local daily indicated that staffers working in the car depot department are underpaid compared to their Chinese counterparts.
It is said that the local workers get a Sh.37,000 salary which is apparently less than a quarter of what their foreign colleagues make.
The Kenyan staffers have also complained of poor working conditions and discrimination at the work place.
The locals do not apparently share tables with the bosses neither do they use Chinese vans during drop-off and pick-up times.
Word also has it that the Chinese operator is forcing the staffers to sign a non-disclosure agreement over the negative publicity it has been receiving.
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