President Ruto to Unions: Focus on more jobs not only salary increases

President William Ruto said innovation and technological development will enhance Kenya’s competitiveness in the global economy (PHOTO/Courtesy)

President William Ruto said Labour unions are integral drivers of policy-making that contribute to equality and inclusive socio-economic development (PHOTO/Courtesy)

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

He 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.

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

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, among 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 labor-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 the time for politics is over.

He said COTU will work together with the Government in pushing its development agenda.

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

Mr Gachagua said the Government will work with all leaders for unity and development of the country.

“Elections should not be an issue to divide the country,” said the Deputy President.

Mr Mudavadi noted that politics is over.

“It is time to serve Kenyans,” he noted.

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