Kenya inherited it’s labour laws from her British colonizers and after independence our members of parliament have been unable to amend the said laws. The laws tended to protect the employer rather than the employee. The Government interfered with trade unions by appointing it’s leaders to senior positions in state owned corporations . by doing so, the workers representatives were made to be sympathizers of the Government of the day. Most of the trade union leaders are either ignorant or uninformed about the labour related laws. This led to ineffective representation of the workers grievances. The existing privileges for the workers such as housing, medical scheme, social security and pension schemes and other incentives are being withdrawn. As a result we have a demoralized work force, which is unproductive and unstable. Many qualified professionals opt to work abroad leading to brain drain affecting economic growth and social stability.
The government policy of retrenching civil servants has reduced the number of employed people. It has failed to come up with strategies to create employment opportunities. The high rate of unemployment has led to insecurity in the country, which in turn scares away potential investors. Investors have been overburdened with high taxation. The government has failed to provide a ready market to local products. This too has caused the collapse of local industries for example the death of the cotton, sugar, tea, and coffee and horticulture industries yet Kenya consumes same products imported from abroad. Finally unemployment is compounded by the recycling of civil servants who are employed after retirement on contract basis instead of employing fresh youth talents. Further the government allows many civil servants to hold more than one job thereby unfairly depriving others of employment opportunities.
Shirikisho believes in a country that recognizes labour as a fundamental human right in it’s constitution, which protects it’s workforce from exploitation by the employer, that formulates employment policies to increase employment opportunities both formal and informal, that takes care of the worker by ensuring that he or she is provided with proper housing, medical insurance, social security and pension scheme in order to discourage (brain drain) professionals from opting to work in other countries and maintain a highly professional workforce and where employment is based on academic achievement, experience and Regional balance.
Our labor and employment policy will emphasis on opening up opportunities in agriculture, fishing, and mining industries, which are largely unexploited.
1. Make labour relations fundamental human right in the new constitution. It will also sponsor the amendment of all other labour related laws to suggested specific guarantees.
2. Advocate for free trade unions by ensuring its leaders are completely de-
3. Proper utilization of the existing Tom Mboya Labour College with the intention of developing a curricular for the labour movement.
4. Implement the policy on housing, Medical scheme, social security and pension scheme and other incentives for the workers.
5. Discard the retrenchment policy and where possible encourage the one –man one-
6. Adopt a policy where the government does not conduct business with private companies but does so with community based companies.
7. Develop a policy of tax relief on local investments that create employment particularly
in the small-
8. Discourage all imports of products, which can be produced or manufactured locally.
9. Introduce small-
10. Ensure employment is based on Regional balance and to be on affirmative action on the minority and marginalized community by percentage.