Strong trade unions best for all

Dr Constantine Wasonga and Ms Grace Nyongesa, the new elected secretary-general and chairperson of the Universities Academic Staff Union, celebrate following the election at Nakuru Athletics Club on July 5, 2021. 

Photo credit: Francis Mureithi | Nation Media Group

 As an organised movement, trade unionism (also called organised labour) originated in the 19th Century in Great Britain, continental Europe and the United States. In many countries, trade unionism is synonymous with the labour movement. Labour unionism took root in Kenya in the early 1930s, driven by the rising trend of violation of Kenyan workers’ rights.


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