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Knut faulted on strike, told to get new Collective Bargaining Agreement

By Abigael Sum | July 1st 2013

By Abigael Sum

Kenya: Kenya Union of Domestic Hotels, Educational Institutions and Hospital Workers (KUDHEIHA) has claimed the strike by teachers contravenes industrial relations practices.

KUDHEIHA said teachers should embrace dialogue to end the current stalemate over their pay demand.

KUDHEIHA Secretary General Albert Njeru said industrial relations practice globally demands that whenever workers are aggrieved, they are duty bound to embrace social dialogue through which the employer is compelled to negotiate with a view of addressing their grievances.

Njeru faulted the teachers, union Knut for contravening the practice and resorting intimidating the Government.

“Knut officials should cut themselves to size, swallow their pride and follow due process in any industrial relations practice,” said Njeru.

He said Knut should seize the opportunity offered by the Government to negotiate rather than being adamant and abusive to the very course the employer has taken.

“It is prudent that Knut top leadership understands how our enormous industrial relations machinery works and in the process appreciate as a worker, you should never close your doors to negotiations,” noted Njeru.

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