East African retailer, Tusker Mattresses (Tuskys) has signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Kenya Union of Commercial Food and Allied Workers (KUCFAW) that will see more than 1,800 unionisable workers enjoy an 8% salary increment.
The signing of what is now the regional retailer’s third CBA will see checkout till Cashiers at Tuskys Supermarkets enjoy a gross monthly salary easily matching that of their counterparts in the banking sector.
Speaking when he confirmed the signing of the new CBA, Tusker Mattresses Group CEO, Mr. Dan Githua said the agreement backdated to March 2017 will cover a two-year period running to March 2019 with improved mutual benefit clauses.
He noted that the agreement, which mirrors the retailer’s performance scores including enhanced customer service standards, will see the firm’s check out till cashiers enjoy a Ksh44,595 ($445) gross salary up from Ksh38,083 ($380) as part of ongoing efforts to boost efficiency and productivity.
Following the recent opening of Tuskys Diamond Plaza Supermarket – its 57th branch in Kenya and 64th in the region – the lowest paid employee will enjoy a gross salary of Ksh29,277 ($292) up from Ksh24,949 ($249).
“At Tusker Mattresses, we recognize that the employees are the most important stakeholder in our business and we therefore value good relations with them. This CBA is a win-win outcome for the company and the employees and we look forward to enhanced productivity,” Githua said.
At the CBA signing ceremony, Tusker Mattresses was represented by Mr Githua, Chief Financial Officer Dan Ndirangu, General Manager Operations Ann Wamaitha and Senior HR Managers Simon Wamburu and Joshua Wambua. The Union was represented by the First Deputy Secretary General Mr. Andrew Kinyua and Assistant Secretary General Mike Oranga.