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COTU to Protest Fuel Price Hike Nationwide

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COTU to Protest Fuel Price Hike Nationwide

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) has been quite vocal in its condemnation of the government for the recent increases in taxes that have an impact on Kenyan workers. At a press conference that was conducted on Saturday, an independent organization made a plea to the government, urging them to reevaluate their decision to impose new taxes on employees and to cut some of those levies.

The union, which was led by COTU Deputy Secretary General Benson Okwaro, accused the government of putting an undue amount of pressure on the people of Kenya by increasing the cost of petrol and increasing the amount of taxes paid by workers. Okwaro underlined that even if Kenyan workers have not seen any raises in their salaries, the government continues to implement new levies, which leads to an increase in the cost of living.

In order to assist employees all around the country in coping with the current state of the economy, COTU is requesting a salary raise of fifty percent for all workers. Okwaro voiced his exasperation at the fact that the government has not taken anything to solve this problem and called for an increase in wages across the board.

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During an interview with a member of our media team, Okwaro emphasized that the primary objective of their petition is to shield Kenyan workers from the exorbitant taxation that is imposed by the government. Because Kenyan workers are having a hard time making ends meet due to the country’s high cost of living, he cautioned that workers would turn to industrial action if the government does not take actions to support workers.

This situation has come about as a result of a considerable increase in the cost of fuel, which has resulted in widespread anger among a variety of stakeholders as well as politicians.

In addition, the Congress of Trade Unions (COTU) has said unequivocally that the purpose of their demonstrations is not to incite enmity toward the government and has refuted any suggestions that they intend to take legal action against the administration. Simply put, they want the government to lower the amount of taxes paid by Kenyan employees.

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In the end, COTU is pushing the government to take prompt action in order to avert an economic crisis from occurring in the country.




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