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Hotel workers get new pay deal

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 9 – Workers in the travel and hospitality industry are set to get a 10 per cent increase in wages by the end of this year after the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers and the Union representing the workers officially signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The agreement sets the terms and conditions of employment with the workers getting an additional 8.5 percent by 2020.

The Association’s Chairman, Chris Masau, asked both sides to adhere to the new conditions including medical scheme, leave allowance, travel allowance and other allowances.

“The highlights include 7 percent service charge to be earned by unionisable employees on sales and 5.5% on beverages. These two bodies are tasked with the responsibility of investigating disputes and training both employers and employees on industrial relationsm, ”Masau noted

Speaking at the event, KUDHEIHA Secretary General, Albert Njeru said that CBA brings unity between the employer and employee together.

“For a better productivity, economic and social empowerments we have to make sure our employers are doing the right things, this goes to KAC as we challenge them.”He said

Njeru insists that KAC should provide better environment for workers as they are ready to work and make a change.

“CBA enables us to get sustainable creation of employment so we need a change from infrastructure of the country, the Kenyan employees should not be overcharged, and Kenyan youth have no jobs we need to fight corruption so as to create employment opportunities.”Njeru added

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