FKE and COTU Call for Review of Industrial Court Procedures

The Federation of Kenya Employers and the Central Organisation of Trade Union want the current Labour Laws and policies reviewed to simplify Industrial Court procedures.

The two institutions raised concerns about delays and case backlog at the Industrial Court which they said does not augur well for business.

COTU and FKE said inadequate and complicated Industrial Court procedures mirror the complex procedures used in the Civil Courts.

“We have also noted congestion in the Employment and Labour Relations Court, which causes delays in disposal of court cases,” said FKE executive director Jacqueline Mugo.

They were speaking on Friday after a two-day retreat at Whitesands Hotel Mombasa which was held to discuss current labour laws.

The two lobby groups which represent workers and employers want establishment of two divisions of the Employment and Labour Relations Court to make it more efficient.

One division, they said, should deal with claims which fall under the Employment Act and all other labour laws, while the second should handle claims which fall under the labour relations, they said.

Cotu complained over registration of trade unions by Employment and Labour Relations Court without approval by the National Labour Board.

Cotu assistant secretary general, Ernest Nadome said while the organisation supports registration of more workers unions, the law should be followed.

“We call for strengthening implementation and adherence to the statutory provisions in the Labour Relations Act, which require consent of the NLB before registration of a trade union,” he said.