The working-class history of the Republic of Kenya

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Fear for Trade Union Leaders' Life
Red Pepper Magazine, 26 September 1997. Dr. Omari Onyango, Secretary General of Kenya's University Academic Staff Union and Chair of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights Kenya, is forced to flee the country to avoid arrest.
Workers walk out in protest
By Owino Opondo and Kipkoech Tanui, Daily Nation, 2 May 2000. Labour Day celebrations in Nairobi ended in disarray when workers walked out en masse, protesting at a six per cent minimum wage increment given by the government. Wages for workers in the agricultural industry were increased by the same margin.
Labour Unrest Derails Growth
By Jeff Otieno, The Nation (Nairobi), 6 October 2000. Kenya's poor economic performance has been attributed to deteriorating infrastructure and increased labour unrest. This, says the UN Trade and Development Report 2000, has led to loss of investor confidence.
Trade Unions Must Not Be Constrained
The Nation (Nairobi, Editorial, 4 November 2000. It would be tragic if Kenya's exports were excluded from the U.S. AGOA because of the government's cosy links with the trade union movement. There have been threats by the ILO to blacklist the country for failing to recognise conventions of workers' rights. During the government's liaison with labour it banned the Civil Servants Union.
Report Illegal Workers, Drivers Told
The Nation (Nairobi), 11 January 2001. Kenyan truck drivers have been advised to forward information about alleged illegal migrant workers to the authorities. Claims by the unregistered Kenya Long Distance Truck Drivers' Union that foreign transport companies based at the Coast were employing foreign drivers and making local drivers jobless.
Blocking The Polls Won't Help Workers
The Nation (Nairobi), 19 January 2001. Need for a fresh look at the Trade Unions Act, but trade unionists wrong to tell workers to boycott elections scheduled for this year unless the Act is amended. There are 32 unions represented at a Mombasa labour awareness workshop this week.
Hopes Rise For Labour Pact Signing
By Waweru Mugo, The Daily Nation, 13 March 2001. The signing of an Industrial Charter put off recently after employers and workers' representatives protested at their exclusion from the National Social Security Fund board, but a breakthrough imminent in negotiations between the government, the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) and the Federation of Kenya Employers.