Our series, ‘slavery in Kenya’ is ongoing and it has exposed more companies that continue to flout Kenyan Employment laws; mistreating Kenyans, making them work in slave-like conditions.
One is Von Hotpoint, the rogue Indian-led company.
I cannot thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to speak out, just hoping relevant authorities will look into this.
I have read all that you’ve posted and seen no lies, I will speak for junior employees who work in retail, especially since they brought in one Rajkumar, new in Kenya with no idea what the Kenyan labour laws are. With him came policies meant to extract as much labour from staff at minimal expenses, with inhuman targets, no overtime regardless of how many extra hours employees in retail work, intimidation and dictatorship, you’d wonder if that’s how things are done wherever he comes from or if Africans are just a lesser race to him.
Employees are frustrated and stressed beyond words, fired over Petty reasons, unprofessional to the core or you’re frustrated to the point of leaving. Mind games. recently, a general worker was fired for mourning his brother for too long, two weeks. suddenly they “realised” he’s not well qualified for the position, suddenly, they went through his papers and noticed he’s not qualified after years…humanity is lost to them, you’re not a human being, you’re a source of Labour that can be done away with, no laws out here matter.
Currently, employees who’ve been there for years, working with the company from around its inception till now are being asked for their papers again to review and see if they are indeed “qualified”, after years of sweat and results, after it’s growth, the loyal and dedicated employees are now substandard to the company.
At Hotpoint, stress, frustrations, harassment….That’s the norm. Employee welfare is a luxury they just can’t afford…Typical modern day slavery. Too much to write… More to come.
May the government please rescue its people.