Dock Work­ers Union back in Cotu af­ter it quit in 2014

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

The gi­ant Dock Work­ers Union has re­joined Cotu, two years af­ter ditch­ing it for the Trade Union Congress of Kenya.

In Oc­to­ber 2014, DWU, led by sec­re­tary gen­eral Si­mon Sang, amended its con­sti­tu­tion to al­low it to ditch Cotu for TUC-K. Some mem­bers op­posed this and went to the In­dus­trial Court in Mom­basa to block it. They said the meet­ing was il­le­gal and they had not been given enough time to read the pro­posed amend­ment

They said the union had more than 5,000 mem­bers, but only 900 at­tended the meet­ing where the amend­ment was passed. Judge James Rika dis­missed the ap­pli­ca­tion.

But the DWU has now ditched TUC-K. Sang said the de­ci­sion was sparked by “non-per­for­mance of the out­fit”. “We had much ex­pec­ta­tion when we joined TUC-K, but it has re­ally dis­ap­pointed us, es­pe­cially the way it dealt with the dis­missal of 28 DWU of­fi­cials from the port in July last year,” he said.

Sang said the de­ci­sion was reached dur­ing an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 24. He said Cotu sec­re­tary gen­eral Fran­cis At­woli has for­mally been in­formed of the new de­vel­op­ment and pro­ceed­ings com­menced to re­verse the 2014 amend­ment.

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