FKE snubs Labour Day celebrations

Written By: Muraya Kamunde

The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) on Wednesday snubbed the annual Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park.

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“It is a shame that the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) has skipped this event,” said KNUT Chairman Wilson Sossion.

While speaking during the Labour Day celebrations, Sossion said that the labour movement is meant to ensure good governance and transparency in any nation.

“We thank the various leaderships in Parliament for standing with workers. We can all stand up one-day and end corruption.”

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“We must review CBA’s to compensate any deductions by the government. We will oppose the housing levy deductions unless there’s a pay hike,” he added.

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FKE has been recently on a warpath with the Central Organization and Trading Union (COTU) for opposing the 1.5% housing levy.

Last month, the federation rejected the housing levy deduction and urged employers not to implement the policy as directed by Housing ministry and KRA.

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The Kenyan employers as well made it clear that they will oppose any call during the Labour Day celebrations to raise the general minimum wage by COTU.

On Tuesday the FKE management board said that government had no mandate to increase general wage bill except to public servants.

On the general wage bill, COTU boss Francis Atwoli said that as a union they will negotiate for a 15% increment.

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“We want to negotiate for a 15% general wage increment. If the President decreases his percentage for the housing scheme that will be free,” he said.

On the March 9th handshake and corruption, Atwoli said that COTU fully supports the government commitment to eradicate the menace and wondered why leaders are inciting communities on the war on corruption.

“Whatever tribe you hail from, if you are corrupt I will name you” he said.

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