Lobby opposes 14pc wage rise
An employers’ lobby has objected the 14 per cent minimum wage increment announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday saying it is unsustainable in the current economic status. In an interview with the Nation on Wednesday, Federation of Kenya Employees (FKE) spokesperson Felix Otiato said while the body is not opposed to salary rises, the increases must be in line with the performance of the economy. The lobby, which advocates for employers’ interests in industrial relations, employment laws and related value-add services, said it will now seek the audience of the office of the president and other stakeholders to try and reach a “sustainable” wage rise for employees.
It is an independent body that was set up by the Ministry of Labour that proposed an increment of between 14 per cent and 17 per cent. President Kenyatta, opting to side with the independent body, announced during the national Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park on Wednesday that employees get a 14 per cent rise on the minimum wage bill from the current Sh8000 to Sh9,120 per month.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation