Central Organization Trade Union secretary general Francis Atwoli and former premier Raila Odinga today led other Kenyans in celebrating international labour day.
President Uhuru Kenyatta skipped the event and in his speech Cabinet secretary labour Ukur Yatani announced the presidents’ 5% increase of minimum wage for the workers in the country.
Ukur however, asked workers to embrace dialogue when aggrieved other than continuous industrial actions.
Atwoli warned parliament against the intended changes in labours laws saying the unions have not been consulted.Among the changes include 21 days strike notice to the employer contrary to the current 7 days notice enshrined in the international labour laws.
Same were echoed by KNUT secretary General Wilson Sossion who says they will oppose the amendment until their voice are heard.
Meanwhile Odinga asked government to protect the rights of workers enhance production and healthcare services. Unity and importance of handshake in terms of development were also tackled in his speech.