Improved output can beat coronavirus
The Labour Ministry, Federation of Kenya Employers and Central Organisation of Trade Unions need to strategize beyond their just-concluded Memorandum of Unions to cushion workers in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Needless to say, the government would have to offer the necessary courses in the training centres set up for the purpose, but which are currently hardly utilized.
The only way out of the vicious cycle seems to be for Kenya to increase its productivity at the farm-gate level, on the factory floor and in offices across the country.
This is if the country is to bounce back to a 6.1 percent economic growth next year as predicted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
For starters, manufacturers of consumer products who source their raw materials locally would, for example, be expected to pay a fair price for the same and better salaries to their employees.
The employees, on their part, would be expected to raise their productivity to avoid a situation whereby higher salaries lead to increased inflationary pressure on the economy, which would be counter-productive.