Labour Ministry a stumbling block in improving workers welfare, Atwoli says

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) has hit out at the Ministry of Labour terming it as a stumbling block in improving the welfare of workers.

COTU Secretary General Dr Francis Atwoli said that the ministry through its leadership was slow in responding to workers’ welfare especially in the implementation of several collective bargaining agreements.

The Ministry of Labour has come under a sudden spotlight, and stand accused of being lax and slow in reacting to several labour issues.

This is according to a fiery Dr Francis Atwoli who is now holding the current Labour CS Ukur Yatani responsible for what he terms as frustrating the interest of workers.

Atwoli was speaking to shop stewards to whom he assured of changes in the constitution by taking aim at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission which he accused of blocking progress that several unions were trying to put in place ahead of the upcoming Labour Day on May 1st.

Atwoli didn’t end it there, adding that the Federation of Kenyan Employers (FKE) was also frustrating efforts to have the 5 per cent increment agreement workers had with employers on January 5th 2019 implemented.

The Secretary-General however in a sudden twist of events also appeared to contradict COTU leaderships dismissal of the Governments 1.5 housing levy by saying that the levy was justified after all.

COTU says that the upcoming May Day celebrations may account for nothing if previous agreements are not ratified to give room for new ones.


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