Atwoli opposes amendments to Labour Relations Act

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has appealed to the Labour and Social Welfare Ministry to reject all the proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Act and the NSSF act. Atwoli said the proposed amendments are outdated and that the interests of workers must be protected. Atwoli at the same time opposed proposed changes to the constitution of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) board of trustees where COTU will only have one representative, saying they want 4 out of the 12 available slots.

He sounded an alarm over its exclusion from the NSSF alleging that a grand-corruption scandal could be in the offing. He warned the Ministry of Labour against excluding social partners as per International Labour Laws after a gazette notice last week failed to include Cotu representative Damaris Muhika to the NSSF board of trustees. Atwoli had in April warned that Cotu would call for a mass withdrawal of workers and employers from NSSF should its representatives and those of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) be kicked out of the board. This is after MPs proposed amendments to the NSSF Act 2013.