- Provide a platform where employees represent their interests
- Improves terms and conditions of service through collective bargaining procedures
- Negotiate with employers on pay and other conditions of work.
- Provide legal assistance to their members
- Enhance capacity for its member in dealing with labour related issues through education and training
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Why Join Kudheiha?
Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational institutions, Hospital and Allied workers have been in existence to champion and advocate for the workers’ interests in the employment relationship. Our efforts is geared towards workers benefit from better pay and working conditions, and that they are treated with dignity and respect at work. Collective bargaining agreement has been our sword as workers representative to improve terms and conditions of work on behalf of all unionisable employees.
KUDHEIHA’s rich history stretches from 1945 when the first domestic worker’s association came into being. It is one of the oldest trade union in Kenya registered on 27th November 1951 and has been in operations for decades and decades which have made it to gather a lot of experience and knowledge in championing for workers rights.
KUDHEIHA has members in all parts of the country and has established branches in almost all the 47 counties to get closer to the membership for efficient service delivery. The union is registered to represent the following;
- Domestic workers.
- Hotel workers
- Non-teaching staffs in education institutions (Universities, Secondary schools and Primary schools).
- Hospital workers (private and parastatals)
- Church workers
KUDHEIHA also recognise the advantages of working in partnership with employers by promoting workplace cooperation. This is because a successful and profitable business is good for workers and therefore good for the union and its members.
We are well known of our vast knowledge in workers representation,with staff who are truly multi-skilled and committed to deliver quality service to our members through negotiation and bargaining for better terms and conditions of employment of our members
KUDHEIHA grant employees equal bargaining power with their employers who previously had the ability to exclusively set the terms and conditions of work and pay without consulting the workers. We represent workers in negotiations with their employers. We have a greater voice to influence workplace relationship than if employees were dealing with employers individually.
Collective bargaining is a legal process as its provided in;
Labour relations Act 2007 section 54 requires the employer to recognise trade union after obtaining the simple majority of total number of employees for the purpose of collective bargaining.
Section 57 of the same act gives trade union right to negotiate CBA with the employer.
The kenya constitution article 36 and 41 gives employees right to associate and exercise fair labour practices. International labour Organisation convention 087 and 098 a gives employees right to be organised and collective bargain with the employer.
KUDHEIHA has negotiated 210 CBA’s with different industries on behalf of employees.
Among many CBA negotiated we have the following;
CBA between KUDHEIHA AND KENYA ASSOCIATION OF HOTEL KEEPERS (HOTELS)
CBA between KUDHEIHA AND INTER PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES COUNCIL CONSULTATIVE FORUM (PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES)
CBA between KUDHEIHA AND KENYATTA HOSPITAL
CBA between KUDHEIHA AND NAIROBI HOSPITAL
CBA between KUDHEIHA AND MOI REFERAL HOSPITAL
CBA between KUDHEIHA AND MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
We have successfully fought for better terms and conditions for workers by representing their interests and securing variety of benefits, such as higher wages for unionized employees, work-life balance characterized by reasonable work schedules, job security and protection from arbitrary action by employers
Control Unfair Practices
KUDHEIHA checks the unfair labor practices of employers such as
Discrimination against workers engaged in union activity,
Victimization workers engaged in concerted union activity.
If the employer does any of these prohibited acts, the union can take it up with the employer on behalf of the employees. We ensure that employers comply with the law and can lodge appeals in federal court if employers do not respect board decisions.