All Hands in Kenya: Advancing Labor Standards through Cooperative Action
There are significant gaps in compliance with international labor rights (ILS) and acceptable conditions of work (ACW) in the Republic of Kenya. The laws; labor inspectorate; labor courts; and dialogue among workers, employers, and government do not adequately protect the freedom of association, safeguard against discrimination in employment, or ensure acceptable standards for wages, hours, and occupational safety and health. The tea and textile sectors of Kenya embody these deficits and are important sectors in the economy, including through import to the US.
This project aims to engage government, employers, and workers, focusing on the tea and textile sectors. Specifically the project will enhance the effectiveness of government entities at national and county levels to enforce the laws that align with ILS and ACW and change law and practice to better align with these standards; increase the actions of employers toward better compliance, including through better workplace grievance handling mechanisms; and expand worker organizations’ engagement with employers and government on compliance issues, including by improving the ability of worker organizations to better represent and advocate for their workers.