Study shows BAT Kenya is the worst place to work in

Workers could be dying slowly, studies reveal

By The Weekly vision team

Cigarette manufacturing plants like BAT in Kenya are said to be some of the worst places any worker would ever want to work in, environmental studies have revealed.

According to a study designed to assess safety levels at workplaces in the country in the post-Covid -19 era, BAT was found to have completely neglected safety measures of employees in its production line most of whom are exposed to toxic levels of tobacco daily.

BAT workers confessed that many of their colleagues had succumbed to TB, Asthma and deadly skin diseases due to unprotected exposure

The workers confessed in wide-ranging interviews on conditions they are not named that many of their colleagues had succumbed to TB, Asthma and deadly skin diseases due to unprotected exposure. This is contrary to both national and international Labour laws that require employers to ensure the health safety of workers.

The study was conducted to assess environmental safety for workers and was commissioned by Journalists for the Protection of the Environment, (JFPE), the Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS), The Weekly Vision, and the NGO Council of Kenya

The studies conducted between March- June 2021 to assess environmental safety for workers were commissioned by the Journalists for the Protection of the Environment, (JFPE), the Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS), The Weekly Vision, and the NGO Council of Kenya.


BAT banks largely on its “addicted” consumers to keep raking in millions of shillings, part of which is used to “silence” many top mainstream media houses

The studies further revealed that Covid- 19 protocols at BAT’s Likoni road head office while in place are ever enforced, some workers widely ignored to follow the protocols, sneezing and coughing endlessly due to toxicity tobacco fumes.

The long-suffering workers wearing long faces say they see “no big deal” with corona as they have been “quietly falling sick and dying” as authorities do nothing. Bitter workers at BAT accused NEMA’s top officials of being “compromised” into “deadly silence” while trade union leaders had also gone quite quiet as the cigarette manufacturer subject her staff to “slow poison”

BAT, with one of the highest tax regimes in the world, largely banks on its “addicted” consumers to keep raking in millions of shillings, part of which is used to “silence” many top mainstream media houses through advertising through a proxy to “play down environmental issues” emanating from the toxic plumes at its Likoni road plant. The government which also collects huge annual revenues in taxes is also prone to “go slow’ in order not to risk a major source of tax revenue.

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