State defends wage increase as employers threaten staff layoffs

View of the skyline of Nairobi, Kenya with Uhuru Park in the foreground.

The Standard | by Mwaniki Gitonga

The government has defended its move to increase the minimum wage by 12 per cent, which saw workers’ salaries rise from Sh13,500 to Sh15,200.

This follows complaints by some employers who have threatened not to honour the wage increment.

The State said it engaged various stakeholders, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, before President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the wage increase on Labour Day…

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