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Uhuru urges private sector to give workers pay rise

President Uhuru Kenyatta said a salary increment motivates workers to produce quality products, which in turn ensures more customers. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will call upon the private sector to give workers salary increase during the Labour Day celebrations.

The President said a salary increment motivates workers to produce quality products, which in turn ensures more customers.

The President spoke when he toured the United Aryan Company, a garment factory in Baba Dogo Export Processing Zone, Nairobi, Wednesday.

“However, in return you must do quality work so as to attract more customers for your products,” he said.

“I know the difficulties you face as workers. I am working to fix them and I want the private sector to do their bit.”

The President said in the 2017-18 budget, the Government has waived taxation on bonuses and overtime, saying this will enable Kenyan workers to improve their lives.

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“As the Government, we decided to waive taxation on your bonuses and overtime allowances. This is to ensure you concentrate on your responsibilities of producing quality products, which would in turn attract better markets,” Uhuru said.

The President also called on the workers to register with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to allow them access to quality medical services.

“We also want you to join NHIF. We want to do away with Harambees so that every citizen can access proper medical care for their well-being,” said President Kenyatta.

The President thanked the United Aryan company workers for their quality work, saying the aim of the Government is to ensure Kenyans can purchase new clothes at cheaper prices so as to stop buying second hand clothing.

“During the first ever super sale, which was held in Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), hundreds of your fellow Kenyans lined up to buy what you are making here,” he said.

He said the Government, in partnership with garment and apparel making companies intend to hold similar super sales in Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu and Isiolo among other Kenyan towns.

He said the sale will not only offer Kenyans opportunities to buy new clothes at affordable prices but also market the locally made textile.

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During the sale at KICC, Kenyans had the opportunity to buy new high quality clothes at prices ranging from Sh100 to Sh600. The same clothes are sold at Sh6,000 in the US and UK markets.

At the super sale, 110,000 pieces of clothes were sold with over 50,000 people benefiting.

The toured factory has 10,000 employees and the overall group investment in Kenya is more than Sh8 billion.  

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