The Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) has embarked on distributing relief to hotel workers in Nakuru County to cushion them against the economic effects of the COVID-19.
KUDHEIHA`s Nakuru branch Secretary Phillip Kiget says Union members are struggling to survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled the hotel and tourism sector over the last 10 months.
Kirget who led officials of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) in delivering relief to 40 employees of the Sarova Woodlands Hotel in Nakuru said the most affected are employees in low cadre who solely depend on their salaries.
He said the association, with the help of partners, seeks to reach out to at least 1,500 members in the county spread across relevant disciplines as a way of stemming suffering among households whose survival has become exceptionally difficult amid the pandemic.
The branch boss noted that as many as two-thirds of members have slid in to depression after their employers declared them redundant and called on continued psycho-social support from the clergy and relevant authorities for identified members as a way of complementing the cause he said seeks to ensure members survive the effects of the plague.
Commending the gesture, Sarova Woodlands Human Resource Manager Winston Ayaya said the pandemic had scaled down operations at the facility, fortunes had dwindled and workers are finding it hard to cope.
Christine Kilahu an employee at the hotel commended the initiative saying it will go a long way in alleviating suffering among members whose livelihoods have been interrupted by the virus.
Kilahu urged the union`s officials to sustain the initiative amid the pandemic whose end remains unknown.