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Kenya: geothermal firm negotiates collective bargaining agreement

In East Africa, government-owned geothermal firm, Geothermal Development Company (GDC), has secured a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Kenya Electrical Trade and Allied Workers Union (KETAWU).

Nearly 700 GDC employees will benefit after working nearly a decade without clear terms of service, Business Daily reported.

The launch of the negotiation process was held in Naivasha on 28th August 2017.

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GDC was formed in 2008 as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to accelerate the development of geothermal resources in Kenya. Read more…

The primary role of GDC is to develop steam fields and selling of steam for electricity generation to KenGen and to private investors.

“Management is committed to the process of negotiating this first CBA with the KETAWU Geothermal Branch. We will accommodate Union views and negotiate as equal partners so as to reach a win-win outcome,” said Simon Kiplang’at, the management leader in the negotiation committee.

[quote]KETAWU branch chairman, Cyprian Masinde commented: “This first CBA will be historic and as Union representatives, we are ready to give and take and to accommodate Management views. We in turn request Management to reciprocate.”

Speaking at the launch Michael Opiyo, the KETAWU geothermal branch secretary said: “We are extremely elated at this significant occasion and we look forward to a progressive collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

“As leaders of the KETAWU Geothermal branch we promise to negotiate objectively putting into consideration the sustainability of the CBA and ability of the Company to pay.”


Featured image: Regional manager South Rift, Irene Onyambu shakes hands with KETAWU general secretary Ernest Nadome at the launch of the CBA negotiations in Naivasha. Looking on are representatives from management and KETAWU GDC branch. GDC

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.