NEWS

FKE

The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) represented members during the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Summit held on 2nd July 2020. The virtual meeting brought together Government representatives, Employer Organizations, workers representatives, and Development Partners to discuss the impact of Covid- 19 on the World of Work in Africa and share good practices in response to the crisis.

Ms. Jacqueline Mugo, Executive Director FKE and Secretary-General, Business Africa while presenting her closing remarks in the session noted that Covid-19 had drastically changed the landscape. In response to the crisis, African Governments put up measures to control its spread. Of course with a far-reaching negative impact on the economy. “Many governments, including my own country Kenya, have availed considerable economic stimulus packages to support the population and businesses. Unfortunately, these packages have proved inadequate due to the prolonged duration of the crisis and the far-reaching measures and restrictions put in place to keep the virus in check and the inability to cushion employers on payroll costs,” said Mrs. Mugo.

She also acknowledged the challenges facing employer organizations including loss of membership and income due to the financial difficulties facing enterprises. Ms. Mugo noted that this situation poses a risk on employer organizations' capacity to represent the private sector’s voice and actively engage in advocacy and social dialogue.  Towards this end, she called upon the ILO to play a role in assisting tripartite constituents to navigate the crisis and recover from it sustainably.

She also called upon African governments to urgently provide further and effective support to businesses to stay afloat and avoid large scale job losses. “Our governments should ensure that financial support reaches enterprises, especially SMEs,” emphasized Mrs. Mugo

While lauding Kenya for expanding its scope of social dialogue and tripartism through a Memorandum of Understanding to manage the conflict, she noted that only a few African countries possess the institutional mechanism for involving social partners in policy issues outside of labour matters. In this regard, the Executive Director urged ILO to assist its constituents to increase their capacity on social and economic key drivers, including those for productivity growth, while at the same time promoting social dialogue and tripartism through the UN Cooperation Framework and the sensitization of line Ministries at the national level. 

Nevertheless, all is not lost as the continent could seize the opportunities that the crisis offers to accelerate reforms. For instance; in today’s integrated and borderless world, digital technologies offer opportunities for productivity. Africa should improve IT infrastructure to increase accessibility. 

Even though the pandemic is unprecedented, Mrs. Mugo maintained that the Continent had no option but to be resilient as has always been. Working together to minimize the health, economic and employment impacts of this crisis and build back better and stronger in Africa!

 

The Federation of Kenya Employers has Proposed the Creation of Employment Insurance Fund to safeguard jobs. Giving… https://t.co/wEsSYMCVJ6
#EmployersConference2020 #Resolutions Develop and implement Post Covid -19 recovery strategy that supports building… https://t.co/nwRbUk8DB7
#EmployersConference2020 #Resolutions Review regulatory framework to support the changing business environment and… https://t.co/tyopBFhaFO
#EmployersConference2020 #Resolutions Strengthen public private partnership initiatives in addressing Covid-19 pand… https://t.co/9vV0SJa2hr
#EmployersConference2020 #Resolutions Strengthen linkages and collaborations between industry, policymakers, learni… https://t.co/lAkDrBDZ12
#EmployersConference2020 KEY CONFERENCE RECOMMENDATIONS : FKE concluded the Employers’ Annual Conference 2020 on… https://t.co/9a2ZHoIHup
Thank you for participating #EmployersConference2020 To our delegates, speakers & panelists, our sponsors &partners… https://t.co/ZyNfQadEF1
"FKE has set example to Organizations on how to go about similar conference" Eng. Peter Tum, PS Ministry of Labour & Social protection
"The Government has developed Post-Covid strategy to protect existence jobs while supporting recovery" Eng.Peter Tu… https://t.co/igYon0FKcn
COVID-19 has shown how dynamism in Business is important in modern business environment. Technology is the way to g… https://t.co/VkYqKPUdpD
#Summary #EmployersConference2020 Need to employ Social Dialogue in solving Labor Relation issues Co-Covid not Pos… https://t.co/ZrN9mFiecT
We are live on @ntvkenya https://t.co/SGKTGataiL follow the conversation #EmployersConference2020 Building
'Most of the current Regulations in place didn't anticipate the current situation considering COVID-19 Pandemic we… https://t.co/hCBWdfF2kj
'Labor Relations Act need requires Organizations to have physical offices, this need to be reviewed to allow and en… https://t.co/bQvdUXznSZ
There is need to consider flexible timings in our laws for better business environment #EmployersConferencehttps://t.co/z4MnCIJS7y
'We need to build our resillience to be able to compact future risks at world of work' #EmplooyesConference2020 @IsuzuKenya
Our panelists generating lively discussions & practical solutions in labor markets: Ms. Rita Kavashe, CEO… https://t.co/qavldCYWPJ
Thank you for your questions and comments. All presentations will be sent to our delegates #EmployersConference2020https://t.co/FOJM73pffo
Insightful Expert Presentation from Mrs. Rosa Nduati Mutero-Partner Anjarwalla & Khanna : 'We have no choice, we ha… https://t.co/PZ1ddqgVyv
Our moderators; @TrevorOmbija @AchieOjany are leading the conversation Join the Conversation… https://t.co/es4ZLxSybN