President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a Government decision to raise Kenya’s minimum wage by 12 percent effective today, 1st May 2022, which meant that the lowest earning Kenyan will earn Ksh 20,680 up from Ksh 17,240
Speaking during the 2022 Labour Day Celebrations at Nyayo Stadium, the President said that the decision was aimed at cushioning the country’s workforce against the rising cost of living ocassioned by several external economic factors.
“I declare an increase of minimum wage by 12 per cent with effect from May 1, 2022. I call on the private sector, please let us work in the same spirit, let us all make the adjustments, that will sustain the wellness of our labour force, let us sacrifice a portion of our profit,” he said.
President revisited the various measures taken by the Government to cushion Kenyans from the negative economic impacts of Covid-19, and regretted that the ongoing geopolitical conflict in eastern Europe involving Russia and Ukraine was slowing down the global economy’s recovery from the pandemic.
The President further directed Labour and Social Protection CS Simon Chelugui to immediately gazette COTU’s representative on the NSSF Board of Trustees.
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President Kenyatta said the country’s fuel subsidy programme had ensured that Kenya maintained among the lowest pump prices in the world, and cautioned oil marketers against hoarding petroleum products.
COTU Secretary-General Francis Atwoli, Labour and Social Protection CS Simon Chelugui and Federation of Kenyan Employers (FKE) Executive Director Jaqueline Mugo also spoke at the event that was attended by Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu among other senior Government and labour movement officials.