Co­ral quar­ries closed af­ter protest by load­ers seek­ing pay hike to Sh2 per block

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

Co­ral blocks quar­ry­ing in Kil­ifi has been halted in­def­i­nitely fol­low­ing a stand­off be­tween load­ers and quarry own­ers. The prob­lem started last week when the load­ers de­manded a wage in­crease from one shilling for ev­ery block they load to two shillings. But quarry own­ers re­fused to in­crease their pay. Kil­ifi Quarry Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Cae­sar Wa­ganagwa said quarry own­ers are los­ing Sh10 mil­lion to Sh12 mil­lion daily due to the stand­off. He cited po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence. Last Fri­day, one truck driver died when he was run over by his truck when protest­ing load­ers dragged him from the driver’s seat in a quarry in Mago­rani. “We have 300 le­git­i­mate load­ers... Last week some load­ers went to ev­ery quarry to in­flu­ence the le­git­i­mate load­ers to seek a Sh1 in­cre­ment. This is un­ac­cept­able and as an as­so­ci­a­tion we can­not do that,” Wa­ganagwa said. Kaloleni deputy county com­mis­sioner Fredrick Ndunga said those in­volved in the fra­cas will be ar­rested. Load­ers asked for a pay hike af­ter the mar­ket price of a block was in­creased from Sh25 to Sh27.

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