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We will Work With the Government of the Day- COTU Boss Francis Atwoli

Central Organization of Trade Unions now says the Union will work with the government of the day.

Speaking during the burial ceremony of Mzee Zachariah Chepkwony, in Eldoret Atwoli said The relationship between the government and trade unions is not only clearly explained within the Kenyan laws as in Article (41) of the Kenyan constitution and the five sets of labour laws, but also firmly anchored within the eight fundamental conventions of the ILO that protect and promote tripartite relations.

The deceased is the father of Rev. Joel Chebii, who is the General Secretary for the Tailors and Textile Workers Union, for the burial of his father.

“The relationship between the COTU (K) and the government has seen all former Kenyan presidents attend the Labour Day Celebrations whereupon they have used the opportunity to not only better their relationship with trade unions but also speak to the plight of Kenyan workers,” he said.

“As COTU (K), we have ALWAYS witnessed such statements, including the formation of splinter trade unions, whenever a new government comes into power as witnessed in 2013/2014 when a few trade unions came together to form a rival national center to COTU (K) that was not able to even pick up,” he said.

He further congratulated President William Ruto on his election and he will support him in delivering on his promises to Kenyan workers and Kenyans.

“We appeal to workers to support the government of the day in delivering on their promises,” he added.

Atwoli described the deceased as a God-fearing man who always prayed for the nation.
“On behalf of my families and workers I want to send a message of condolences to the family and friends of Mzee Zachariah Chepkwony, may his souls rest in eternal peace,” said the COTU secretary general while speaking to the press.

He said the deceased kept the family and the union for over 30 years and always prayed for us.

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