Portland Cement Employees Go Three Months Without Salaries

The East Africa Portland Cement is struggling to stay afloat as employees go three months without salaries and they are now on a go slow.

The company is said to have plunged in hard times in the last four months to a point where they almost halted operations after one of its major kilns broke down.

This comes at a time when the company’s five-year business modernization and expansion plan was underway.

“We have not been receiving salaries for the last three months. We have only been receiving empty promises from the management. We are hopeless,” an employee was quoted by Nation.

The company’s production is said to have declined to almost a total halt even as managers blame the same on clinker shortage.

“The production department has been active. The major kiln broke down almost two months ago. We are waiting for it to be fixed. Most of the time we remain idle,” said an employee.

Also, at the company’s outlets in Kitengela and Athi River towns, there is a low supply of Portland-branded cement.

EAPCC is a construction company specializing in the manufacturing and selling of cement and cement related products.

The company started as a trading company importing cement mainly from England for early construction work in the country as an agent of Blue Circle Industries of the United Kingdom.

In February 1933, the Company was incorporated in Kenya with the first factory in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.

The Company had one cement mill and used imported clinker from India for cement manufacturing.

The production capacity was about 60,000 tonnes of cement per annum at the time.