Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu) boss Francis Atwoli has asked the President to raise workers’ wages by 20 per cent.
Mr Atwoli invited the President to Cotu’s Jubilee celebrations next Friday and urged him to use the opportunity to give workers “a 20 per cent pay increase.”
“We expect the head of State on May 1st, we have invited him,” said Mr Atwoli.
At the same time, Mr Atwoli blamed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s advisors for the delay in increasing workers’ salaries.
Speaking Saturday in Nairobi when he met representatives of workers from the grassroots, Mr Atwoli regretted that the government was yet to increase the minimum wage for workers as promised by the President.
Two months after he was elected into office, the President promised workers a 14 per cent increase in minimum wage that would have seen the least paid worker take home Sh13,674 every month.
The Cotu boss said that the trade union has been unable to negotiate with the government on ways of realising the rights of workers, and blamed this on his row with suspended Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi.
Mr Atwoli said that his union has not achieved much since the appointment of Mr Kambi as Labour CS, whom he claimed used his post to advance selfish interests.
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