Participants of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Wage Floor Forum, Africa

COTU-K Hosts the ITUC Wage Floor Forum in Nairobi Kenya.

For the first time in over a decade the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has organized a wage floor forum for Africa region in Nairobi.  The two day meeting  kicked off this morning at the Stanley Sarova Hotel in Nairobi and was officially opened by the Labour Commissioner of Kenya who was representing the Cabinet Secretary of Labour Madam Kandie. The keynote addresses included; that one from General Secretary of ITUC Brussels Sis. Sharan Burrow and the COTU-K Secretary General Bro. Francis Atwoli.

In his remarks Bro. Atwoli stated that having a minimum wage opens up Collecting Bargaining for those not in the Unions’ Collecting Bargaining bracket and that COTU (K) prides it self in the fact that since he took over the leadership of the organization sixteen years ago in 2001, COTU-K has fiercely fought with government to make sure that Minimum Wage goes up yearly and cumulatively COTU-K has achieved a 140% increase which quite remarkable compared to its peer organizations worldwide, I believe COTU (K) remains leaders in the fight for Minimum Wage setting.

The wage floor forums is platform to enable unions to benchmark and learn strategies that they can use to improve the minimum wages the country. It is a component  seeks to highlight the need to enhance the Minimum Wage Agenda through the ITUC global

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Remarks by Bro. Atwoli, During COTU (K)’S Strategic Plan 2017-2021 Validation Workshop

Remarks by Bro. Atwoli, During COTU (K)’S Strategic Plan 2017-2021 Validation Workshop

The Chairman General, COTU (K)

Bro. RajabuMwondi, MBS

The 1st Vice Chairman General

Bro. Rev. Joel KandieChebii, OGW

The Deputy Secretary General

Bro. Benson Okwaro

The Treasurer General

Sis. Rebecca Nyathogora

The 2nd Assistant Secretary General


COTU (K) staffs present


Brothers and Sisters,

I am pleased to join you this morning at this Central Organization of Trade Unions, COTU (K) Strategic Plan 2017-2021 validation workshop being a follow up to our previous Strategic Planning meeting held at Lake Bogoria Spa Resort on 3rd – 6th May, 2017.

It is at this meeting that we as COTU(K) were able to evaluate our achievements, identified emerging issues and challenges from our previous strategic plan of 2007-2012, did analyse our Organization’s contemporary environment, singled out existing operational gaps, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and potential threats, did propose and document key strategies and activities towards addressing these gaps all aimed at not only positioning COTU(K) as an alternative Centre for National guidance but equally as the most effective National Trade Union Centre on the continent and beyond.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, seven strategic directions informed these developments namely;

  1. Review of COTU(K) Policies to reflect its growing diversity
  2. Constituting a management Committee to drive these policies
  3. Addressing functional Organisational structures including merging and job scaling
  4. Membership Organising, Recruitment, Service delivery and addressing double registration of Trade Unions,
  5. Creating effective linkages between COTU(K) Secretariat and our Affiliates,
  6. Building financial sustainability through informed projections and budgeting and
  7. Addressing medical and retirement insurance for Trade Unionists.

It is against this background that we are gathered here today to scrutinize and validate the first draft document resulting from this interaction at Lake Bogoria Spa Resort.

  • I have no doubt that our strategic planning experts will for the next two days be able to present to us the final version of our mission, vision, core values and objectives together with the underlying situational analysis and strategic thrust  based on our previous meeting before giving us the implementation matrix and the Interim proposed Organisation’s structure.
  • It is my considered hope and opinion that at the close of this workshop we will all have the much needed thrust and new impetus to take COTU (K) to the next level as a world class Organisation committed to its Vision, Mission and Objects.
  • I thank you and now declare this workshop officially opened.



COTU-K Reviews its Strategic Plan at Tom Mboya Labour College

Conclusion of the COTU-K Strategic Review Meeting

The Central Organisation of Trade Unions – Kenya led by the Secretary General Bro. Francis Atwoli, Chairman – Bro Rajab Mwondi, Deputy Secretary General Bro. Benson Okwaro, Treasurer General -Sis. Rebecca Nyathogora, 1st Vice Chairman Rev. Joel Chebii, 2nd Assistant Secretary General Sis. Caro Ruto and 1st Trustee Francis Wangara jointly with Members of staff of COTU Kenya and senior staff from Tom Mboya Labour College have successfully concluded the reviewing of a draft strategic plan being spearheaded by JAYPENT a management consultant with expertise in the field.

The final document will be prepared and launched, in his remarks the Secretary Gener Br. Atwoli was very impressed by the draft plan, he exuded lots of optimism and confidence that the five year strategic plan will transform COTU- Kenya to be a premier umbrella trade union in Kenya and beyond.