Collective Bargaining Agreement Training for NMCKSG-admin
By Mary Njenga
The industrial council and management of the Numerical Machining Complex have expanded their knowledge on best practices in collective bargaining agreement, thanks to a training mounted by KSG Embu Campus.
The Campus Director, Dr. Ann Kang’ethe explained that the CBA is a process by which employers and employees confer in good faith and establish a middle ground about the terms and conditions of work and other related aspects, with an objective to settle matters on the discussion table with mutual consent and cooperation.
“Among the different methods for settling industrial disputes, CBA is the most important one. The process involves preparing for negotiations, identifying bargaining issues, negotiation procedures, bargaining strategies and reaching the agreement. After successful negotiations, the agreement has to be ratified by both parties as an indication of settlement. Administration of the agreement is the final step which ensures that in future, the ratified agreement acts as a point of reference in case of any dispute,” the Director expounded.
She further explained that the aim of the union is not to compete with the management but to articulate the opinions of the members and amicably resolve any issue through negotiation to achieve a win-win scenario.
“This therefore calls for keenness while selecting members to represent the management and the union as high level of planning, consultations and professionalism should be displayed during any negotiation process. In any given situation, both parties should strive to uphold and protect the organization’s image and reputation , Dr. Kang’ethe counseled.
Ms. Mary Musau of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) reiterated that the Commission is a key party in the collective bargaining process as it sets and regularly reviews remuneration and benefits of all state officers thereby advising the national and county governments on the remuneration and benefits of all public officers.
She also revealed that heads of organizations have a responsibility to represent their members on the negotiation table. As such, chief executive officers should organize a process for gathering proposals and information from members of the bargaining unit and develop a proposed package for them.
“There are several actors in collective bargaining including the Federation of Kenya Employers which has a role of developing a healthy and stable industrial relationship, and representing the employer’s viewpoint to the notice of the government,” Ms. Musau added.
Dr. Charles Kireru, the Head of Human Resource at Numerical Machining Complex acknowledged the relevance and practicability of the training especially to institutions preparing to undertake a collective bargaining negotiation with their unions.
“This program adds value to the preparation of CBAs in line with SRC requirements which shortens the process of negotiation, registration and implementation. It has created trust and mutual respect between management and the union and as a result, the workers will definitely be the beneficiaries,” Dr. Kireru concluded.
The Numerical Machining Complex is a semi-autonomous government agency under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, envisioned to be the preferred choice in innovative solutions for industrial transformation in Kenya by providing quality engineering products and services.