The Kenya County Government Workers Union and Kwale County Government yesterday signed a memorandum of recognition of the workers’ trade union.
The ceremony was conducted at the County Public Service Board boardroom. The County Secretary Mr Martin Mwaro signed the recognition agreement of salaries and allowances on behalf of the county government while the union Secretary General Mr Roba Duba signed on behalf of the workers.
Addressing the Media after the ceremony, Mr Duba said employees have been facing challenges but the union will work closely with them to recognize and realize workers’ rights and interest.
He said according to Article 54 of the Labour Relations Act 1 and 2, employees have a right to be recognized by the employers and noted that by signing the agreement, the Kwale County Government has agreed to the law and fulfilled it.
“So far close to 15 counties have joined the union and some have started implementing the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) process,” he said.
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He urged Governors who are against the union to join them or face the law. The Kwale County Public Service Board chairman Mr Kassim Riggah said the county government had agreed to join the union and work together closely with it to fulfil the law and to recognize workers’ rights
Mr Mwaro thanked the union for promoting the cordial relationship with the county government which he said will go a long way in maintaining workplace stability and steady development.