9 June 2014

Kenya: State Will Back ILO Bid to Remove Unscrupulous Employment Firms

Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi with Director-General of the ILO Guy Ryder in Geneva. Secretary Kazungu Kambi has been in Switzerland for the 103rd ILO plenary session.

THE government has said it will support the International Labour Organisation proposal for effective regulation of employment agencies to weed out unscrupulous and unethical agencies.

Labour Secretary Kazungu Kambi said the increase in irregular migration patterns has led to abusive employment relations devoid of decent working conditions including disguised trafficking of labour.

Addressing the 103rd ILO plenary session in Geneva, Switzerland, Kambi said a number of Kenyans have been trapped in slave-like jobs abroad after employment agencies circumvented legal procedures.

He said the government is addressing the issue by negotiating bilateral agreements with destination countries to ensure fair labour conditions, and smooth and productive investment of the diaspora.

The CS said the government has triggered mechanisms to screen the employment agencies to weed out those who are not fit for the purpose.

"On decent work agenda, the country is reinforcing its legal framework which will include the full employment and practice of freedom of association as it is enshrined in the Kenya Constitution 2010," Kambi said.

He said on registration of trade unions, the government will ratify the convention on Freedom of Association and Protection of Right to Organise in order to democratise the labour market.

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