INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
The core functions of any trade unions has been recruitment of members and handling their grievances which is the mantle of the Industrial Relations department. The operations of this department are guided by the Trade Disputes Act Cap 234, the Industrial Relations Charter, existing labour laws and type International Labour organisation corrections. This department has handled trade disputes of employees and affiliates.
his is a very important department to the organisation as it acts as a service department for not only the other departments but also to the affiliates . It is concerned with the collection , analysis and interpretation of data with a view of coming up with concrete supporting evidence in the support of workers cases at the negotiating table.
The main functions of this department are :-
Collection , analysis and interpretation of data for purposes of assisting die affiliates prepare themselves adequately in the collective bargaining agreement negotiations process ,
CHILD LABOUR (CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILD LABOUR)
According to COTU (K) and its Affiliates, Child Labour is contentious in Kenya because it is a human rights issue afflicting over 1.9 million children in age-groups 6 years to 7 years.
These children are supposed to be attending primary school education as opposed to being subjected to exploitation and hazardous in work places.
These affected children are the workers of tomorrow who are denied their education due to several causative factors but mainly arising from: -
THE WOMEN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
This is a department within the framework of other departments in COTU (K). The department's role is to attend to all matters that relate to women affairs in their day-to-day work, be it in their working places, homes or the community.
The main functions of the department are: -
To co-ordinate women activities within the trade union movement.
Motivate women workers into joining unions.
Stimulate the women to formulate, design and implement development projects.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING DEPARTMENT
This is a very important department of the organisation which helps in imparting knowledge and skills to both union leaders and rank and file membership . Since its inception the department has been able to offer a variety of trade union courses such as :-
Organisation and recruitment skills, courses
Negotiations and collective bargaining skills courses
Courses on research methodologies
Courses on integrating gender issues into the mainstream trade union activities
The department was created in 1965 when COTU (K) was established and this is reflected in COTU(K) constitution. Trade unions in Kenya were first involved in Co-operative organisation early in 1962 when some leading trade unions leaders visited Israel which is reputed to be the home of co-operatives. In their visit their aim was to look at workers based consumer co-operative system with a view to starting a similar venture in Kenya.