Kenya’s Workers Might Not Benefit Much From a Minimum Wage Hike

Kenya’s Workers Might Not Benefit Much From a Minimum Wage Hike
Judith Andeka, a worker in the informal economy, returns to her house in the Kibera informal settlement, Nairobi, Kenya (AP photo by Brian Inganga).

Kenya’s largest trade union federation hailed an executive order issued earlier this month by President Uhuru Kenyatta that increased the monthly minimum wage by 12 percent. The Central Organization of Trade Unions called the directive “a great win for Kenyans” during a period of economic hardship brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, high inflation and a rise in fuel prices. Kenyatta made the announcement during a Labor Day celebration on May 1, saying that higher wages would cushion workers against the erosion of their purchasing power and enhance Kenya’s economic productivity. He further described the increase as “an appreciation to workers for […]

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