Kenya

Kenya, worker rights, Solidarity Center

The Solidarity Center works with the Kenyan labor movement to boost wages, address corruption within political systems and advocate for pro-worker economic policies. Credit: Solidarity Center

The Solidarity Center works with the Kenyan labor movement to boost wages, address corruption within national and local political systems and advocate for pro-worker economic policies and shared prosperity.

The Solidarity Center’s principal partner is the Kenyan Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-Kenya). With COTU-Kenya and its member unions, the Solidarity Center works to empower women and youth in trade unions to better enable them to advocate for their rights as union members and negotiate for improved working conditions.

Solidarity Center’s programs in Kenya include support for legal recognition of the workplace rights of domestic workers, who as workers in the informal economy, are not covered by wage laws, or job safety and health rules. Many workers, including domestic workers, migrate to other countries in search of better job opportunities, and Solidarity Center partners with unions and allies to educate workers about the risks of exploitation if they travel abroad, and to provide a broad range of assistance as they return to Kenya from jobs abroad.

Media Contact

Kate Conradt
Communications Director
(+1) 202-974 -8369

 

Media Contact

Kate Conradt
Communications Director
(+1) 202-974 -8369

 

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