COTU-K supports the resolve by the Transport & Allied Workers Union to improve social protection and enhance decent work for transport workers in informal public transport (matatu, bodaboda, and digital cabs).
Yesterday TAWU together with COTU-K, NHIF, Safaricom & NSSF did an awareness campaign a new product called HabaHaba.
HabaHaba is an integrated USSD (*303#) based technology that allows workers in matatu, bodaboda, and digital cabs to make small payments, either daily, weekly, or monthly to finance for union dues, NHIF, and NSSF. The product also offers a personal accident cover and last expense to the workers.
With the NSSF paybill as the collection wallet, contributions made are distributed to individual partners’ paybills in real-time through a B2B split technology system.
Through the same technology, workers are able to download reports on their contribution and the union is able to enhance compliance as well as address any issues that may arise.
COTU-K, through their representative, emphasized the importance of joining a trade union considering the job security that comes with that and also enlightened the transport workers present on decent work and advocacy of public transport as a public good.
Other issues discussed included the importance of formalizing the jobs in the transport sector and why union members need to be represented in the NTSA board.