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Who we are

KUDHEIHA stands for the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers. It is a trade union registered under the  then Trade Union Act cap.233 now repealed to Labour Institution Act 2007 mandated by the same Act to represent employees engaged in sectors of Domestic, Hospitals, Hotels, Educational Institution either private or public owned (Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges, High and Secondary Schools, Primary and Academies and Clubs and Church owned Institutions)

KUDHEIHA staffs are committed to represent, negotiate and bargain for better terms and conditions of employment for the members. They are also committed to always advocate for workers’ rights at all times.

Our History

The Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions and Hospitals (KUDHEIHA) Workers was founded in 1942 with the establishment of the House Servant Association. The Union was registered in November 1951. It has the overall mandate of organizing and recruiting, for purposes of negotiations and collective bargaining, formal and informal economy workers engaged in hotels, restaurants and casinos; educational institutions; hospitals; domestic services; private homes; and churches and institutions associated with them.


The Trade Union of Choice in Pursuit of workers’ rights.


Dedicated to unite lead by professionalism, respect, integrity and transparency in promoting, protecting and improving social and economic status of workers we represent and wider society equitably.


The mandate of KUDHEIHA Workers is to organize, represent and secure the interests of workers in the hotels; educational institutions; hospitals; domestic services; private homes; and churches and the institutions associated with them.

Core values

  • Respect for Diversity: All union members, officials, staff, and stakeholders will be treated fairly regardless of their background or perspectives.
  • Transparency and Accountability: KUDHEIHA Workers will act with openness and predictability. It will also be responsible for the Results of its Activities.
  • Social Dialogue and Tripartism: The recognition that Trade Union organizations exist in collaboration with employers and the government will be upheld at all times. Social dialogue will be embraced at all times in KUDHEIHA Workers
  • Collaboration and Team Work: KUDHEIHA Workers will work with and learn from organizations and institutions with similar interests as it seeks to achieve its Vision. Staff will also nurture and harness the spirit of togetherness and forge common efforts in their work while exercising open and honest communication and showing concern and support for both internal and external customers.
  • Professionalism and Integrity: Professionalism by all union officials and employees is paramount. Union officials and staff will be developed to perform their work with expertise, dedication and care. They will also strive to always do the right thing and adhere to the highest ethical standards.
  • Respect for the Rights and Privileges of Workers: As a Workers’ Union, KUDHEIHA Workers will be at the forefront of respecting the fundamental principles and rights of its members and employees.
  • Participatory Leadership: A servant and democratic style of leadership that involves an interactive approach to decision-making based on trust and results orientation.
  • Innovation and Continuous Learning: KUDHEIHA Workers will continuously develop and implement new ideas as it adapts to the various changes in the dynamic environment in which it operates. Lessons learnt in the course of implementation will also be continuously incorporated in its operations.

What we are

As a registered trade union, KUDHEIHA has members in all parts of the country and has established branches in almost all the 47 counties of the republic to get closer to the membership for efficient service delivery.

The union is well known for its vast knowledge in workers representation, with staff that are from diverse professional backgrounds.  

As a registered trade union in Kenya, we are affiliated to the Central Organization of Trade Union in Kenya (COTU). It also works closely with various local and international organizations as an affiliate and as a partner such as Oxfam, IUF, ITUC, IDWF, ILO, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Solidarity Center, among others, in various aspects of labour and human rights activism.

The organization has been in the forefront in fighting for various rights of workers including lobbying, advocacy in addition to the issues pertaining to safe labour migration and the rights of migrant workers at large. It engages with the Ministry of Labour, Federation of Kenya Employers and other government agencies on solving labour and employment disputes and social protection.

KUDHEIHA has seen the successful engagement and involvement in the negotiations and signings of various Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) towards good industrial relation and harmony between the employers and employees in terms of favorable terms and conditions of employment relationships.