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Nairobi News : December 20th 2013
news Traders given days to vacate roadside BERNADINE MUTANU, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org until the end of the year to vacate and give way for expansion of the road. Kenya Urban Roads Authority H Director General Joseph Nkadayo yesterday said the authority has already advertised proposals for the dual road which will run from Embakasi Northern and Eastern Bypass to the GSU Roundabout. This is expected to decon- gest traffic in the area through numerous interchanges, which will be constructed alongside the road. “We expect to open the tenders early next year. This will be a joint project between the government and African Development Bank,” he said. He said only the people who legally occupy their premises will be relocated and assisted to continue with their business. These include those who own garages and some artisans running business on the roadside, he said. Residents will also benefit from health centres which will be constructed along the new road to address basic health issues. Speaking at the same confer- ence the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Infrastructure John Mosonik said most roads construction plans were delayed by devolution. undreds of business people along Outer Ring Road have CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the overtime pay which they used to enjoy. “The 53 branches countrywide will remain closed and the 7,000 employees should remain at home until the management honours its side of the deal,” he said. Tuskys finance director Frank Kamau declined to comment in detail, saying he was on leave until next month. “It’s politics by the union. You can’t reduce people’s pay by half, that is completely untrue,” he told NN. The retailer’s outlets located at the CBD lost millions after the Kenya Union of Commercial, Food and Allied Workers (KUCFAW) called the strike in the thick of Christmas shopping. Tuskys makes Sh70 million daily, translating into Sh25.2 billion last year. This means festive season losses could top Sh100 million daily. CBA document The CBA was registered at the In- dustrial Court “Employees of the company who were confirmed in their appointment as at February 28, 2013, shall receive a wage increase of 10 per cent to cover the first year and a further 11 per cent from March 1, 2014, to cover the second year,” stated the CBA document. The union in October had threat- ened similar action at rival Uchumi, but this did not take place. Tuskys recently launched an expansion plan after acquiring Ukwala Supermarket branches in Nairobi. Regular shoppers of Tusky’s Ruai Defence: It’s politics by the union. You can’t reduce people’s pay by half, that is completely untrue” To view VIDEO of this story, DOWNLOAD the NMG PLAY android app on Google Play and scan the picture Friday, Dec 20 - Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 3 Tuskys faces big losses Tuskys Supermarket employees protest outside Daima branch on Tom Mboya Street, Nairobi, yesterday. They accused the management of cutting their salaries and reneging on a collective bargaining agreement. Anthony Omuya, NairobiNews got a rude shock when they went to shop to find the branch closed. At Ongata Rongai Tuskys Chapchap employees went on a peaceful demonstration in the town, accusing the management of denying them their rights. The angry employees, who brought traffic to a halt, said the management had cut their salaries instead of the increasing. “We had agreed with the management on an increase of basic salary. Instead they went ahead to cut our salary; they deduct a given amount for lunch-hour break meaning we only have a 10-minute break,” said one of the employees who declined to be identified fearing reprisals. Rival value retailers Nakumatt, Naivas and Uchumi are likely to benefit from the industrial action. Additional reporting by Crispus Shaki and Obegi Malack In the news • The Tusky Supermarket ownerws have been in the news lately for the wrong reasons. • The brothers are embroiled in a legal dispute where one is accused of beating his brother when money matters were raised.
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