The umbrella body for workers, central organisation of trade unions has cautioned it's members against participating in an extrajudicial holiday that was declared by Azimio la Umoja coalition's party leader Raila Odinga on March 20th ostensibly, to allow thousands of Kenyans to join his mass action initiative.
Through its Deputy Secretary-General, Mr Benson Okwaro, the union argued that it's members risk jeopardising their terms of employment should they honour Raila's illegal holiday that seeks to create room for mega protests against the skyrocketing cost of living among other pertinent grievances.
“We urge workers to refrain from participating in any activities that may jeopardize their employment status.” Okwaro said in a statement.
COTU however, noted its preference in the use of alternative methods to resolve Azimio's grievances such as dialogue, and not necessarily through confrontational means like mass action that may result to adverse effects to the countrys political and economic stability.
The union's swift response was motivated by Raila's request that all employers release their workers to join the mass action since it's their right enshrined in the constitution.
Since declaring Monday a “public holiday,” Raila has been subjected to intense criticism for what was termed as insubordinating official authorities though he remains unbowed.
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