Message of Condolences following the Death of Mzee Hamisi Ali Kwembe

It is with deep shock that the office of The Central Organization of Trade Unions, COTU (K) Secretary General Francis Atwoli learnt this morning of the untimely loss of Mzee Hamisi Ali Kwembe, father to our Brother and International Labour Organization, ILO, Specialist in Workers’ Education in-Charge of Africa, Dr. Mohammed Mwamadzingo.

On behalf of the entire COTU (K) Executive Board and the Kenyan workforce we send our deepest condolences and sympathies to Brother Dr. Mohammed and his family for this irreparable loss and pray that God gives them the courage and energy to endure the loss at this time of grief and pain for Mzee’s loss.

May his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

Francis Atwoli, NOM (DZA), EBS, MBS

SECRETARY GENERAL
CENTRAL ORGANISATION OF TRADE UNIONS (KENYA)

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Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union Agree with Employers on a Return to Work Formula

Following a consultative meeting held on 14th July, 2016, between the above parties under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary , Ministry of East African Community (EAC), Labour and Social Protection and attended by the cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, over the industrial unrest affecting the Tea Industry, in the country, it has been agreed as follows:-

  1. The parties acknowledged that there are pending issues on Collective Bargaining Agreement of 2014/2015
  1. That normalcy is restored and parties have agreed that all employees to resume duty immediately and in any case not later than 7.00am on Tuesday 5th July, 2016
  1. That there will be no pay for work not done
  1. No victimization by either party subject to applicable law
  1. Parties to have a follow-up meeting on 11th July, 2016 to discuss the substantive issues of the dispute and if no settlement is reached the court process will be allowed to take its course.
  1. That the parties have agreed on the implementation (interim) of 7% wage increase for 2014 and 8% for 2015 subject to the court process to be paid with July 2016 salaries.

SIGNATORIES

  1. Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union
    • Francis Atwoli – Secretary General – KPAWU
    • Thomas Kipkemboi – Deputy Secretary General – KPAWU

     

  2. Eastern Produce Kenya Limited and Associated Companies
    • Christopher j. Flowers – Grouo Managing Director

     

  3. Phyllis Kandie, EGH (Conciliator), Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection and Mr. Willy Bett, EGH Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

ECONOMIC PAPER: ADAPTING ALTERNATIVE NON-PRICE POLICY OPTIONS IN A WAGE RIGID MARKET-THE CASE OF KENYA’S 2016/17 BUDGET

“ADAPTING ALTERNATIVE NON-PRICE POLICY OPTIONS IN A WAGE RIGID MARKET-THE CASE OF KENYA’S 2016/17 BUDGET”

AN ECONOMIC PAPER FOR DECISION MAKING IN TRADE UNIONS IN KENYA
BY
OWIDHI GEORGE OTIENO
ECONOMIST CENTRAL ORGANIZATION OF TRADE UNIONS – COTU (K)
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PRESS RELEASE: ATTEMPTS BY MILLERS TO PUSH UP THE COST OF MAIZE FLOUR

RE: ATTEMPTS BY MILLERS TO PUSH UP THE COST OF MAIZE FLOUR

The decision by Maize Millers in the Country to boycott buying maize from the National Cereals and Produce Board, (NCPP) is a clear Scheme by a section of unscrupulous Business operatives in the Country to actualize high costs for maize flour with the aim of necessitating the subsequent importation of maize into the Country.

Equally, the claim by the Chairman of Cereal Millers Association that Maize supply this year has been unstable causing floor prizes to go up is misplaced misleading and only meant to hoodwink Kenyans to buying into their tricks to exploit Kenyans.

These are the very old schemes by individuals sitting to plot how they can create an artificial demand for maize and force the government into accepting maize importation into the Country and since the start of the year they have not had any opportunity to import maize into the Country, away has to be found as these are Cartels ready to pull down even the poorest of the Kenyans and ensure they make money out of any situation.

The cost of living for an ordinary Kenyan Worker has lately become unbearable and this has even worsened following the Kenya governments refusal to review a Minimum Wage for the lowly paid workers this year and the move has pushed most Kenyans into the working poor thus any attempts to increase prices on such basic commodities like floor will be a clear provocation of their patience likely to result into protests.

It is evident that almost every household in Kenya requires maize floor for its domestic use or otherwise and the attempts by Millers will have an automatic spiral effect on all Kenyans who depend on the commodity and equally to their eventual purchasing power and COTU(K) now calls upon the National Government to immediately intervene and disapprove or otherwise the assertion by Millers that the NCPD maize is contaminated and should this be confirmed as mere hearsay, individuals behind it be held to account.

Francis Atwoli, NOM(DZA), EBS, MBS

SECRETARY GENERAL

PRESS RELEASE: KPAWU Against the action taken by a sisal farm associated with Baringo Senator Hon. Gideon Moi to Kick-out employees from the farm in spite of an existing court order

The Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union, KPAWU, which represents more than 400,000 workers in Plantation Agriculture in the country including tea, coffee and horticulture is deeply concerned and distressed by the action taken by a sisal farm associated with Baringo Senator Hon. Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: KPAWU Against the action taken by a sisal farm associated with Baringo Senator Hon. Gideon Moi to Kick-out employees from the farm in spite of an existing court order

COTU-K Led by Bro. Atwoli joins Family and Friends in Paying Last Respect to Mama Felda K. Mwondi

COTU-K Secretary General Bro. Francis Atwoli led a delegations of COTU-K Boad members, General Secretaries and Officials of affiliate unions and the secretariat in joining COTU-K Chairman General Bro. Rajab Mwondi, his family and other mourners in paying last respect to Mama Felda Kazuhi Mwondi the wife to Bro. Mwondi. Continue reading COTU-K Led by Bro. Atwoli joins Family and Friends in Paying Last Respect to Mama Felda K. Mwondi

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