Government of Kenya must Put the People First
Kenyans must prioritize the citizens as we tackle the economic fallout from protective measures to stem the spread of the Corona virus. The government so far had offered tax reliefs but it must do more support workers including income support, distribution of rations and loan reliefs – COTU (K)
The ILO estimates that up to 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Going forward, the promotion of full, productive and freely chosen employment (in accordance with the Employment Policy Convention, 1964 (No. 122)8 will need to include selective measures to stabilize economies and address employment problems, including fiscal and monetary stimulus measures aimed at stabilizing livelihoods and income as well as safeguarding business continuity.
Protection for Agricultural Workers
As borders close one after another, looming labour shortages in agriculture and the particularly vulnerable situation of agricultural workers everywhere spotlight the precarious foundations of food security and a major, but unexamined, challenge to containing the spread of the virus. To maintain food supplies while defending against the spread of the virus, governments and supra-national authorities need to take immediate action to protect the living and working conditions of the agricultural workers whose labour feeds the world.