Atwoli promises better working conditions for workers

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Secretary General of Central Organization of Trade Unions [COTU] Francis Atwoli addressing Kenyans during 54th anniversary of Central Organization of Trade Unions of Kenya and International Labour day celebrations held at Uhuru Park on May 1, 2019. PHOTO/Courtesy

Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has now pledged to improve workers' employment terms and conditions.

The outspoken trade unionist affirmed that he would work with the government, employers and other solidarity partners to ensure the ILO Convention no 190 is ratified.

ILO convention is the first international treaty to recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment.

"Working together with the government of Kenya, employers and our solidarity partners we commit to ensuring that during this year ILOC C190 is ratified, outsourcing of labour is stopped and general terms and conditions of employment of Kenya workers are improved," he said.

Earlier, Atwoli had vowed to work with President William Ruto’s government to promote the unity, rights and welfare of Kenyan workers.

The COTU boss said it was only through unity that the government could put in place mechanisms to spur economic growth and improve the terms and conditions of workers.

He said that President’s inaugural speech was full of reconciliation and hope, adding that Cotu associates with Ruto’s resolution and assurance of working with all Kenyans from all political divides.

“As workers, we support the President’s call for unity and reconciliation as we hope and trust, and call upon other Kenyans, to have all hands on deck,” Atwoli said in a statement.

Atwoli stated that the union is willing to work with the government of the day as has been the tradition, which provides an environment where workers (through Cotu), employers (through FKE) and the government (through the Labour Ministry) work in a tripartite structure.

“COTU remains ready to work with the administration of President William Ruto to promote unity and the rights and welfare of Kenyan workers,” he said.

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