The International Workers’ Day, also known as labour Day was marked Kisumu, organized by labour unions and the county leadership as workers celebrate cross the country.
In his speech, Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong’o urged the workers’ representatives through the various existing unions to work closely with his government in the race to providing a healthy working environment. “My government is committed in creating a conducive working environment for all as well as creating more opportunities for those who aspire to join us.”
With the newly formed public service board, the governor stated that county government intends to address the various disparities that exist in the current system and was confident that men, women and youth seeking employment can be engaged adequately to realize their full potential and achieve their dreams. “We must ensure that we have a productive workforce that will ensure effective and efficient service delivery as we also seek ways of addressing the sky-rocketing wage bill that continues to be a real concern.” Says the Governor.
According to Governor Nyong’o the County government has established model Business and Incubation Centres to encourage innovation as well as tap talents that will unlock the jobless gridlock in the county. “We have since factored Kshs. 350 million for the construction of an ultra-modern innovation and incubation centre at Rotary Vocational Training Centre.
The history of Labour Day is originally tied to the “dignity of workers “and it is emphasized internationally. The labour day celebrations in Kisumu brought together various groups of workers and their unions.
By Matilda Atieno