Executive board members and officials of COTU-Kenya led by the Secretary General of COTU-Kenya Bro. Francis Atwoli are currently attending the International Labour Conference in Geneva. The trade unionists are the majority of the entire Kenyan delegation that also include Government officials and representatives of Kenyan employers. The member States of the ILO meet at the International Labour Conference, every year in Geneva, Switzerland, in the month of June. This years Conference theme is;
Building a future with decent work
Each member State is represented by a delegation consisting of government delegates, employers and workers. (Employer and Worker delegates are nominated in agreement with the most representative national organizations of employers and workers.)
Every delegate has the same rights, and all can express themselves freely and vote as they wish. So it happens that worker and employer delegates sometimes vote against their government’s representatives or against each other. This diversity of viewpoints, however, does not prevent decisions being adopted by very large majorities, or in some cases even unanimously.
Many of the government representatives are cabinet ministers responsible for labour affairs in their own countries. Heads of State and prime ministers also take the floor at the Conference. International organizations, both governmental and others, attend as observers.
The Conference is often also referred to as an international parliament of labour.