Trade Unions Told To Focus On Creating Jobs, Not Salary Increment

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Kenyan President William Ruto wants trade unions to change their approach to labour issues.

Ruto challenged them to expand their focus from salary increments to the creation of more jobs and more savings.

"Let us rally to employ more youth. Your success cannot be measured only through the increase of salaries," he said.

He spoke on Tuesday when he met workers' representatives at State House, Nairobi.

The unions were led by the Secretary General of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) in Kenya, Francis Atwoli.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, and other leaders were present.

The President said labour unions are integral drivers of policy-making that contribute to equality and inclusive socio-economic development.

"That is why we should routinely engage and partner to create synergy and ease resolution of labour-related issues."

He pointed out the welfare of workers — particularly those in the Diaspora — and making workplaces safer and more dignified as some of the areas of cooperation.

Further, the President asked the Unions to work with the government in the Affordable Housing Project that promises decent homes to millions of ordinary Kenyans.

"We should also work together to actualise the Universal Health Coverage that will ensure all Kenyans access quality and affordable medical care."

Mr Atwoli said COTU will work with the government to push its development agenda.

"We cannot move forward as a country when we engage in retrogressive politics," he said.

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