Kenya

The ITUC affiliate in Kenya is the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU(K)).

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Intimidation30-04-2014

In April 2014, Cabinet Secretary for Labour, Social Security and Services, Samuel Kambi Kazungu, publicly intimidated unions by stating that he would “reduce COTU to nothing”. Moreover, government officials declared that they would storm the National Labour Day Celebrations scheduled to be held at Uhuru Park in Nairobi if the union did not call off the May Day celebrations.

In September 2013, the Nairobi County Government suspended 500 workers, including union officials, for allegedly taking part in an unlawful strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
. Police used teargas canisters to disperse a protest calling for the implementation of a collective agreement concluded with the Nairobi County Government on 1 September 2012. The Interim County Secretary Lillian Ndegwa engaged private contractors and youth groups as replacement workers.

In January 2014, the company “New Wide Garments” which operates in the EPZ export processing zone A special industrial area in a country where imported materials are processed before being re-exported. Designed to attract mostly foreign investors by offering incentives such as exemptions from certain trade barriers, taxes, business regulations, and/or labour laws. and employs more than 6,000 workers stopped deducing union dues in violation of a valid collective agreement. Even though the court ordered the company to comply with the collective agreement, the union did not receive dues for the month of December. Furthermore, management stopped paying workers during sick leave and failed to compensate workers for employment injuries and overtime work. As a result, workers decided to call a strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
action.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses won a case against the Permanent Secretary for Medical Services with the Industrial Court holding on the 28 December 2012 that nurses have both the right to join a union and the right to strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
. Relevant ministries were instructed to meet and negotiate with the nurses and to reach a consensus within seven days. However, the Public Service Commission dismissed nurses who had participated in the strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
in relation to the dispute, including for example those at Kakamega Provincial General Hospital. In February 2013, the Industrial Court issued another ruling on reinstatement and payment of pending salaries.

In September 2012, more than 100 nurses were sacked at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for participating in a strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
. The names of those dismissed were pinned on notice boards at the hospital and the nurses were asked to pick up their dismissal letters from the institution.

Senior managers of Kenyan banks have admitted that the banks promoted employees to management positions to deny them representation by unions for non-managerial staff.

In practice, the right to strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
is frequently violated in Kenya. During the notice period, the Minister of Labour generally intervenes and proposes a mediator for the dispute. If the negotiations break down, the government usually refers the matter to an industrial court, pre-empting any decision to take strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
action. In cases where workers have become frustrated with the lengthy process and have decided to go ahead with a strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
, their action has usually been declared illegal. Employers won a court order declaring the tea pickers strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
illegal in October.

The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) has warned that the labour movement is under attack from multinational corporations that engage in cutthroat competition. As a result of privatisation many workers have had to re-apply for their jobs under new contracts, often with multinational corporations which usually require them not to join labour unions. The unions have lost members as a result. Furthermore, an increasing number of employees are on part-time, temporary and contractual basis, making union organising organising The process of forming or joining a trade union, or inducing other workers to form or join one. more difficult. At the Kenya Power and Lighting Company 5,000 of its 8,000 employees were employed on casual contracts. After a dispute erupted in September the company agreed to hire more workers on full time contracts.

Workers in the export processing zones (EPZ export processing zone A special industrial area in a country where imported materials are processed before being re-exported. Designed to attract mostly foreign investors by offering incentives such as exemptions from certain trade barriers, taxes, business regulations, and/or labour laws. s) are theoretically allowed to join trade unions, but they still suffer appalling working conditions, and those who complain are threatened with the sack. Labour law does apply in the EPZ export processing zone A special industrial area in a country where imported materials are processed before being re-exported. Designed to attract mostly foreign investors by offering incentives such as exemptions from certain trade barriers, taxes, business regulations, and/or labour laws. s; however, there are many exemptions. According to the Tailors and Textile Workers Union (TTWU), most firms based in EPZ export processing zone A special industrial area in a country where imported materials are processed before being re-exported. Designed to attract mostly foreign investors by offering incentives such as exemptions from certain trade barriers, taxes, business regulations, and/or labour laws. s have refused to recognise trade unions and obstructed their efforts to organise workers. The Kenya Textile Workers’ Federation adds that getting workers to join a union is difficult because the managers at EPZ export processing zone A special industrial area in a country where imported materials are processed before being re-exported. Designed to attract mostly foreign investors by offering incentives such as exemptions from certain trade barriers, taxes, business regulations, and/or labour laws. companies use non-registered organisations to recruit casuals on their behalf.

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