COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has been re-elected for the fourth time as a member of the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Sharing the news, COTU Deputy Secretary General Benson Okwaro said that Atwoli was voted in on Monday morning, after he garnered a majority of the votes globally during the virtual ILO meeting.
“Dr Atwoli has now left a mark as the first member of the ILO Governing body to be re-elected for a record four times consecutively to the Governing Body,” Okwaro said.
On his already tough in-tray of dealing with the Kenyan workers’ rights and welfare whose dynamics have changed with the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, Atwoli will now be responsible for doing the same for workers across the African continent.
“Atwoli will now be charged with the responsibility of representing the interests of working men and women in the African continent in the four-year period of 2021-2024, as far as the world of work is concerned,” Okwaro added.
Atwoli was first elected to ILO’s Governing Body in 2008, bagging a fourth re-election today.
ILO was founded in 1919, after the World War I, under the United Nations, whose mandate is promoting social justice and internationally recognize human and labour rights.
The organization meets thrice a year, in March, June and November, and takes decisions on ILO policy, decides the agenda of the International Labour Conference. It adopts the draft programme and Budget of the organization for submission and elects the Director General of the ILO since its a United Agency that its a multilateral in nature bringing together governments, employees and workers.