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Kenyan unions prioritize organizing

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11 August, 2015Affiliates in Kenya and the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) pledged support for the project on aimed at organizing, addressing precarious work and advocating for better occupational health and safety.

‘’This is good for our affiliates in Kenya and will support them to achieve their objectives,” said Isaac  COTU Public  Relation Officer.

A National Project Planning Meeting with Kenyan affiliates took place in Nairobi on 17 and 18 July 2015.  IndustriALL project coordinator Aneno Catherine shared the strategy developed with Ugandan affiliates and the same approach was adopted for Kenya by all participating unions.  The strategy focuses on three key approaches; a joint action strategy for organizing, education for action on precarious work and capacity development for occupational health and safety.

Mapping of new companies was discussed and participants adopted a mapping tool that was reviewed during the meeting. Individual unions also developed targets for recruitment and work plans to take forward the project.

Affiliates also formed a National Council to come together and plan joint work for unity and cooperation amongst themselves. Substructures were also formed on organizing and occupational health and safety for the effective implementation of project activities within the unions.