At a press briefing on Friday, May 6, the federation said that companies were still recovering financially from the effects of Covid-19.

FKE National President Dr. Habil Olaka said that the increment should have been zero per cent and companies be given a further one year to recover.

“I think the right thing should have done is to ensure that we give them (employers) maximum support.

 

{FKE National President Dr. Habil Olaka. IMAGE: COURTESY}

 

“And if you ask me, the right figure should have been zero per cent. Let’s give it at least another one year then we see how they manage to pull themselves out of the difficult environment,” Dr. Olaka said.

President Kenyatta on May 1, during the Labour Day celebrations, said the government had taken the decision to cushion Kenyan workers against the high cost of living that has ravaged the country’s economy.

“As a caring government, we find there is a compelling case to review the minimum wages so as to cushion our workers against further erosions, and in that effect, I today declare an increase of the minimum wage by 12% with effect from May 1, 2022” Uhuru said on May 1