Labour Day celebrations kick off

Labour Day celebrations kick off

As Kenyans countrywide mark Labour Day celebrations, the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) has opposed a proposal by the Central Organisation of Trade Unons (COTU) to increase the general wage by 15 percent.

This according to COTU is a condition to support the 1.5 percent housing levy proposed by the government in a bid to finance the Affordable Housing Scheme under the Big 4 Agenda.

Addressing the media, FKE Chairman Mark Obuya said it is not the government’s mandate to increase salaries of employees who are not public servants.

Obuya however said FKE has already filed a case in court, accusing the government of failing to involve them before coming up with the housing levy, which will see employers and employees contribute 1.5 percent each towards the fund.

COTU Assistant Secretary General Ernest Nadome however insists that the increase in the general wage is the only way to ensure the housing levy is implemented.

The celebrations will be held at Uhuru Park in Nairobi with President Uhuru Kenyatta expected to lead them.