Kenya | Social dialogue and gender equality

Kenya Workshop 2017Kenyan union KeMU is devising a road map for concrete initiatives in the field of social dialogue and gender equality

With KeMU, FIM organised a national workshop (Nairobi, 3-6 July 2017) within the scope of the union training programme backed by Union to Union. Mainly focusing on the implementation of pilot collective agreements including provisions for gender equality, the workshop featured a contribution from an expert in collective bargaining from BMU (United Kingdom).

As in Senegal, concluding pilot collective agreements in the music sector is a core concern for KeMU, which is aiming to limit the casualisation of employment conditions and remuneration of musicians, in a widely informal sector.

Pilot collective agreements in the music sector are a core concern for KeMU, which is aiming to limit the casualisation of employment conditions

This particularly difficult exercise is complicated by the fact that the competent administrative commission has not yet made its decision whether to register KeMU as a union. It is also disappointing that union confederation COTU has not to date reacted to the initiatives taken by KeMU to meet and work with it.

With regard to the situation of women in its bodies and the music sector, KeMU has decided to hold meetings specially organised for women in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, the country’s three main cities. These meetings should enable women musicians to express themselves in total freedom since men will not be present. They will help define the priority actions to be undertaken in order to promote gender equality and fight against the discriminations which may confront women musicians in their daily lives.

A certain number of actions concerning the development of collective bargaining and gender equality have been included in a road map and will be carried out before the end of 2017.

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