Mission, Vision & Objectives
- 1. Improve the economic and social conditions of all workers in all parts of Kenya.
- 2. Assist in the complete organization of all workers in the trade union movement.
- 3. Organize the structure and spheres of influence and amalgamation of trade unions affiliated to COTU (K).
- 4. Assist in settling disputes between members of trade unions and their employers or between the trade unions and their members or employees of one union and employees of another union, or between two or more trade unions.
- 5. Encourage the principles of the development and maintenance of good relations between employees and employers.
- 6. Secure adequate and effective representation in bodies dealing with labour and employment policies and legislation.
- 7. Establish and maintain funds by means of membership fees, monthly contributions, donations, subscriptions, levies and by borrowing on such security and such terms as may from time to time be arranged by the Executive Board; and
- 8. Set up appropriate committees to provide training, education and other facilities and enterprise for the advancement of workers and the labour movement in general.
The Central Organization of Trade Unions, COTU (K) is the sole national trade union centre in Kenya. COTU (K) was founded in 1965 upon dissolution of the Kenya Federation of Labour and the African Workers’ Congress. COTU (K) is registered and operates within the provisions of the Trade Union Act (Chapter 233) of the Laws of Kenya.
Currently, COTU (K) affiliates 35 of the 41 registered trade unions in the country, and has a membership of about 1.5 million. Since its formation in 1965, the workers umbrella body had endevoured to create, develop and maintain a comprehensive social work, in conditions of freedom, equity security and dignity.
COTU (K)’s activities have been geared towards strengthening the affiliated unions; promoting worker education; lobbying and advocating for appropriate employment and labour market policies, and legal regimes; articulating workers’ views and representation at national, regional and international levels; and building solidarity, alliances, partnership and networks with government, private sector, regional and international trade union confederations and other labour support institutions.