The Central Organization of Trade Unions, COTU(K), Secretary General Dr. Francis Atwoli held a consultative meeting between the COTU (K) Secretariat and the COTU (K) Affiliate General Secretaries on 27 July, 2021.
The meeting that took place at the Solidary Building, Headquarters of COTU (K), touched greatly on the plight of Kenyans working outside the country (migrant workers) with a presentation made on the same by the International Labour Organization in collaboration with Kenya Union Of Domestic Hotels Educational Institutions Hospitals & Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) and COTU (K).
The presentation, that was made by Geoffrey Omondi, touched on the whole subject of safe work for migrant workers but majored mostly on the legislation on the subject matter and what needs to be done to promote the welfare of Kenyans working in other countries: but the Middle East countries in particular.
In the same meeting, The General Secretaries present contributed money, in cash and pledge, towards facilitating the funeral of Tabitha Okwaro (Wife to COTU (K) Deputy Secretary General Bro Benson Okwaro).
Other issues that were discussed during the three-hour consultative meeting were, first, the progress of the renovation of Tom Mboya Labour College to which Bro. Albert Njeru indicated that tiling work was completed in almost all the major areas with other materials received to continue with the renovation of the college.
Additionally, the representation of COTU (K) at the NSSF board, COTU (K)’s position on the NHIF amendment Bill 2021 and amendment of Union Constitutions and change of names were among the other discussed issues.
After the consultative meeting, Dr. Atwoli addressed the media on the burning issue of migrant workers where he called upon the government to stop this form of modern day slavery if it is unable to guarantee the security of Kenyans in a foreign land.