PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES 5.0 PCT INCREASE IN KENYA’S MINIMUM WAGE

NAIROBI– President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a five per cent increase in the minimum wage of Kenyan workers with immediate and says his government is working at ending continued industrial strife in the country.

In a Labour Day speech read on his behalf by Labour Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Ukur Yatani here Tuesday, the President, however, cautioned against the continued strikes, saying workers should always engage in structured dialogue.

In view of the increasing labour disputes in the country, my government is considering introducing resolution mechanisms. We encourage government ministers to act as social partners in solving labour issues among public sector workers, the president said.

He said the government had also initiated mechanisms to ensure protection of Kenyans working in the Middle East.

He wished Kenyans well, asking them to continue forging together to build the nation.

In his speech, the Secretary-General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU), Francis Atwoli, said the four pillars of food security, affordable healthcare for all, affordable housing, and manufacturing will make the country achieve a robust economy.

He called on firms which had not implemented the minimum wage increment of 18 per cent declared by the president last year to do so immediately.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK