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Title:The attitudes of old and young Kenyan garment export processing zone workers towards the state of their working conditions
Author:Kariuki, Simon MwangiISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:20
Issue:2
Pages:53-63
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:workers
working conditions
exports
clothing
clothing industry
Economics, Commerce
work environment
Export processing zones
Research results
Industrial relations
Clothing trade
Abstract:The export processing zones (EPZ) workplace consists of a mixture of young as well as older employees. With the continuous process of aging, the EPZ workplace is facing the dilemma of adapting working conditions to suit its changing employees' needs. However, identifying a suitable blend of working conditions to suit both the young and the aging workforce is difficult. This paper presents an analysis of the perceptions of both young and aging EPZ garment employees in Kenya of the state of their working conditions in order to determine whether or not there exists an imbalance in working conditions in favour of one age group (18-23 year olds) over the other (24-29 year olds). The paper is based on data from a questionnaire administered to 236 young garment EPZ workers selected from eight garment firms. Attention is paid to working conditions; job training; remuneration; employment status; working facilities; interpersonal and working relationships; and dispute settlement structures. The results show that EPZ working conditions favour employees in the 18-23 age group over those in the 24-29 age group. Bibliogr., note, sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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