Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana had asked Atwoli who did not say much during his speech at Statehouse during the Labour Day celebrations how will Kenyans who are suffering due to lack of jobs celebrate.
“@AtwoliDza How do the UNEMPLOYED celebrate LABOUR DAY?” asked Kibwana.
Atwoli in response asked Kibwana to explain what he has done in his county for those people who are unemployed.
Atwoli further told Governor Kibwana that COTU is not in the business of creating employment for Kenyans.
The COTU secretary general said their work is to make sure the interest and rights of workers together with their jobs are protected.
Governor Kibwana was further told that this year’s Labour Day was about reflection since many employers and employees have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Sorry you missed my remarks today. Today's labour day was more of a reflection than a celebration. Secondly, COTU (K) doesn't create jobs. We only protects workers and their jobs. Maybe, prof, tell us what you are doing for the unemployed in Makueni,” said Atwoli.
Atwoli during his speech told President Uhuru Kenyatta that COTU is aware that most businesses and employers are working under difficult conditions due to the deadly virus that has affected the economy and plunged millions of workers into joblessness.
He however asked President Uhuru to ensure those who are working under the current conditions that they are provided with better stimulus package as he lauded the intervention measures currently in place to reduce the adverse effects of the coronavirus crisis on workers.
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