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Govt employees to don uniforms from locally made textiles
May '10
During the ongoing Labour Day celebrations, Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, made an announcement of a hike of 10 percent on the basic minimum salary for the country's workforce, along with a directive to govt service providers to purchase locally made textiles.

While announcing the same at Uhuru Park Nairobi, the PM stated that, the hike was intended to reduce the effect of high commodity rates on workers, as the prices had already pulled down their purchasing power.

PM has already directed the Ministry of Labour to execute the rise in pay till a minimum salary of 10 percent. Further more, this will the first-ever rise in minimum salary in a span of five years.

In 2008, the Head of State failed consecutively, for the second time, to announce a hike in pay, blaming the global economic meltdown. Later, Labour Minister, John Munyes, had announced the establishment of a special committee to look into the matter.

According to Odinga, employing 750,000 young Kenyans, leaving school every year was the biggest challenge of the government, which it must tackle and win.

So to help the government face this challenge, certain measures are being formed that would safeguard the industries against unjust competitions, thereby, protecting jobs.

In addition, Kenyan armed forces, police and prison matrons or guards have been directed to purchase uniforms and other apparels from Kenyan local manufacturers. This, according to the PM, will help sustain many jobs and protect the struggling textile industry.

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