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Kenyan Labor Union to Call Nationwide Strike If Pay Talks Fail

July 08, 2011

July 8 (Bloomberg) -- Kenya’s Central Organization for Trade Unions will call for a nationwide strike if their pay demands, including a 60 percent increase in the minimum wage, aren’t met by July 20.

The Federation of Kenyan Employers haven’t attended talks that have been held with the ministry of labor, undermining the negotiations, Adam Baraza, personal assistant to the union’s secretary-general, said by phone from Nairobi, the capital.

The union wants a minimum wage increase of 60 percent rather than the 12.5 percent announced by President Mwai Kibaki on May 1, and for a general wage increase of 10 percent, he said.

--Editors: Gordon Bell, Vernon Wessels

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