Kenya tea pickers go to court
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Kenya tea pickers go to court

There is an obligation on private entities operating in jurisdictions other than the one where they are domiciled to operate according to human rights and labour standards

Summary: 500 former employees of James Finlay company in Kericho County Kenya, have filed a case in Scotland seeking damages for musculoskeletal injuries while on duty.

The big theme: Human rights issues are moving up the political and social agenda. And this goes a lot wider than most companies and investors will expect, covering the right to be protected from harm, and for culture and ways of life to be respected. And these rights increasingly have teeth.



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Summary of an article published by The Times:

  • Over 500 former employees of James Finlay company in Kericho County Kenya, have filed a case in Scotland seeking damages for musculoskeletal injuries while on duty. The case was filed in Scotland on September 29. 2021, following an initial lawsuit filed in December 2017 against the company in relation to seven different workers. Since then, the company has been fighting the case while simultaneously mechanising its tea harvesting. James Finlay Kenya is based in central London, but its registered offices are in Aberdeen, which is why the lawsuit was brought in Scotland.

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