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FKE applauds new domestic workers pay

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Employers are impressed with the reviewed working conditions for domestic workers that includes a Sh7,586 basic salary.However, the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) said they had warned the government the review will be difficult to implement.“We do support the new minimum wage. We alerted the government of the implications but nothing was done,” Executive director Jacqueline Mugo said.She said most households are unable to afford the new minimum wages for house helps, hence, the regulation is will increase unemployment.“We need to balance good payment and need to remain in employment,” Ms Mugo said.FKE was part of delegates at the 100th Annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in mid June who adopted a set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of domestic workers globally.The new ILO standards demand that domestic workers who babysit, care for the elderly, clean compounds and do other household chores must have the same basic labour rights as those available to other workers.The rights include favourable working hours, weekly rest of at least 24 consecutive hours, information on terms and conditions of employment and respect for fundamental principles and rights including the right to bargain for wages.

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