Employees to get 5% minimum wage increment, declares Labour CS Yattani

Labour CS Ukur Yattani with COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli and Nasa leader Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Kenyan employees will be getting a minimum wage increment of five percent following an announcement made by Labour and Social welfare Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani.

Speaking while gracing labour day celebrations in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park on Tuesday, Yattan said that the increment must be realized with immediate effect.

“In recognition with the good work done by our workers and cognizant of inflation of 4.8 percent this year I hereby declare a corresponding of five percent increment of the minimum wage with immediate effect,”Yattan said.

He said that it was saddening that the Kenyan economy has been affected by the tussle between labour unions and the government in yesteryears.

He noted with concern over a series of industrial unrests which have been witnessed leading to anxiety and suffering among Kenyans.

On the other hand, COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli faulted some companies for failing to honour the 18 percent salary increment as announced and directed by president Uhuru Kenyatta last year, urging the government to fast-track the implementation of the issue.

He applauded president Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga by ironing their differences and started working together, a factor that has seen tranquility witnessed across the country.

On his part, opposition leader Raila Odinga who was present during the event lifted the ban on products which was imposed by opposition to some companies which were perceived as backing Jubilee administration.