Why COTU Wants Government to Employ More Labor Offices in Counties

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The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) has challenged the National Government to look at ways that will see there are sufficient labor officers employed in all the 47 counties.

COTU Uasin Gishu branch chairman Peter Odima says it is worrying that despite a rise in the number of workers and their issues that need to be addressed, counties do not have enough labor officers.

He gave an example of Uasin Gishu County that has only two labor officers to handle workers’ issues across all the six sub-counties.

“We want the government to employ more labor officers who will effectively address workers’ issues. It is a concern to us that only two labor officers are here in Uasin Gishu. If you go to other neighboring counties like Trans Nzoia, Kakamega, Siaya, and Bungoma, they have only one yet the workers have numerous problems that need to be addressed on a daily basis,” Odima told Uasin Gishu News.

Uasin Gishu COTU branch chairman Peter Odima.

The COTU Uasin Gishu boss notes that with few labor officers, they have been unable to follow up on employers and see if they are paying their workers salary that is within the acceptable range.

“Labor officers have powers to prosecute an employer who fails to pay the employee as per the law but this is not happening because they are few and they have more work,” noted Odima, adding that: “Employ more labor officers so that workers interests can be taken good care of.”

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