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Kenya: Domestic workers demand for equal minimum wage

Kenya: Domestic workers demand for equal minimum wage

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by IDWFED published Jul 01, 2012 12:00 AM
Contributors: KUDHEIHA
On July 1st, 31 domestic workers took to the streets in Ukunda in Kwale district to demand payment of a minimum wage to domestic workers just like all other workers. It was one of the three campaigns launched by the union, KUDHEIHA.
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On July 1st, 31 domestic workers took to the streets in Ukunda in Kwale district to demand payment of a minimum wage to domestic workers just like all other workers. It was one of the three campaigns launched by the union, KUDHEIHA.

Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotel, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers, to demand recognition and realization of decent work for domestic workers.

The procession attracted large crowds of onlookers and well-wishers who joined the campaign. A team of drummers went with the procession, adding a rhythm to the slogan chanting. Many residents of Ukunda opened wide eyes for the lively rally. The domestic workers shared handouts about the minimum wage and labour laws.

In the Kwale branch of KUDHEIHA, there are 285 registered members, of whom 102 are active. Despite growing prosperity in the city due to tourism, domestic workers are paid below the minimum wage. The Union therefore targeted the city for awareness- raising.  As a result of the action on July 1st, 27 domestic workers joined the Union.

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