• Short Summary

    Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta used a Labour Day (1 May) rally in Mombasa to announce a general wage increase for all Kenyan workers in an attempt to avert a planned general strike.

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    Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta used a Labour Day (1 May) rally in Mombasa to announce a general wage increase for all Kenyan workers in an attempt to avert a planned general strike.

    He was cooly received by the 12,000 people present when he announced that minimum wages in Mombasa and Nairobi would raise from the present 290 shillings to 300 shillings per month (17 to 17.6 pounds sterling). In other urban and rural areas the increase was less.

    The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) -- which has called a general strike for Monday (5 May) -- is demanding a minimum wage of 400 shillings (23 pounds sterling) a month to compensate for a rise in the cost of living of about 30 per cent in the past year.

    The President asked the crowd why they were not applauding his announcement and was answered with cries of "not enough" and "we are hungry".

    President Kenyatta was clearly taken back by this and turned to consult members of his Government on the platform behind him. After a discussion he turned and announced that the minimum wage would be 350 shillings (20.6 pounds sterling).

    This brought an immediate burst of applause led by Mr. Juma Boy, Secretary-General of COTU, who was on the platform with the President.

    But three hours later a statement "clarifying" the situation was issued. It said the minimum wage in the two main cities would in fact be 300 shillings, effective from 1 May. The 350 shillings would apply only to civil servants and the armed forces and would be paid from 1 July.

    The President reminded the unions that his decree banning strikes was still in force and that anybody breaking it would be severely punished.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE5IXJDVZ01MQ5EVLP81UTBCU3
    Media URN:
    VLVAE5IXJDVZ01MQ5EVLP81UTBCU3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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