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Will He Settle The Issue? Uhuru Visits Mombosa Port Amid Impending Strike By KPA Workers

President Uhuru Kenyatta will commission a modern shipyard in Mombasa port on Friday amid an impending strike by Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) employees over a pay rise.

 The 4,400 unionized workers on Wednesday issued a seven-day strike notice.


 They accuse KPA of failing to implement a 10 percent pay rise it agreed with the Dock Workers Union (DWU) in March.

 The union also accused the authority of reneging on its promise to cap overtime payment at 30 percent of workers' monthly wages. KPA was also accused of failing to promote the workers as required.


 DWU officials wrote to acting KPA chief executive John Mwangemi to inform him of the impending strike after their discussions on the issues reportedly hit rock bottom.

 The union also represents over 200 Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) which were taken over by KPA earlier this year.


 President Kenyatta will open the first modern shipyard at Mtongwe Kenya Naval Base in the port area even as KPA workers prepare for strike action.


 A shipyard (also called a shipyard) is an enclosed area where ships are built and repaired.


 At least 70 percent of the new facilities will be owned by the Kenya Defense Forces and operated by Kenya Shipyard Limited.

 The new facility has been touted as the largest in East Africa and is expected to contribute massively to the growth of the blue economy.

 DWU General Secretary Simon Sang said the decision by the Wages and Compensation Commission (SRC) to refuse to approve the 10 percent wage increase against the agreement between KPA and the council of The National Assembly had frustrated the workers.

 The SRC refused to approve the 10 percent wage increase, arguing that it violates its guidelines for state agencies to negotiate a four-year collective agreement (CBA) instead of two years.

 DWU had demanded that workers be paid for each overtime hour worked instead of capping overtime at 30 percent of their monthly wages.

 Sang said the decision to go on strike was taken by the union's national executive committee on Nov. 9 after their discussions at their last Joint Industrial Council (JIC) meeting stalled.

 “The present resolutions were taken following the failure by the management to respect the spirit and the letter of the instruments which regulate and govern the good industrial relations in the work and the employment, such as the charter of industrial relations, the collective agreement, and the recognition agreement as regards the terms and conditions of service, ”Sang's letter told MD.

 At the same time, Sang accused KPA of deliberately ignoring and refusing to apply the 2017 Human Resources (HRM) Handbook for the benefit of employees who have been in acting roles for more than six months and others in positions of responsibility. management positions for over four years.

 “In these circumstances, the union issues a seven-day strike notice in accordance with section 76 (a) and (c) of the Labor Relations Act No. 14 of 2007 from the date on which you duly received this notice. Sang said in the notice dated November 10, 2021.

 The letter announcing the strike was sent in copy to Cabinet Secretaries Simon Chelegui (Labor), Ukur Yatani (National Treasure), James Macharia (Transport), and Fred Matiang'i (Interior) as well as to the Secretary-General of the Organization. central trade union Francis Atwoli and general secretary of the International Federation of Transport Workers.

 The deadlock of a 10% wage increase has delayed negotiations for CBA 2022/2023.

 More than 2,000 unionized port workers brought operations to a standstill in July 2015 when they went on strike to protest increased deductions for the government's national health insurance scheme, prompting port management to threaten to dismiss them, after having made known their positions.

 In the end, the largest port in East Africa sacked 27 workers who it said were behind a strike that would have cost the port around 200 million shillings.

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