International Labour Organization supports celebration of 10 years of protecting labour rights at the Kenya Labour Court

The International Labour Organization (ILO), through the All Hands in Kenya and Fairway projects, joined the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC) in commemorating its 10th anniversary in July 2023.

Press release | 25 July 2023
Kenya (ILO News): The International Labour Organization stands at the forefront of promoting decent work and social justice globally. The ILO, through the All Hands in Kenya and Fairway Programmes, had the honour of joining the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC) in commemorating its 10th anniversary in July 2023. The momentous occasion provided an opportunity to reflect on the court's achievements and highlight the vital role it plays in upholding labour rights and advancing justice in Kenya.

Over the past ten years, the Employment and Labour Relations Court has established itself as a cornerstone of the Kenyan justice system. With its specialized focus on employment and labour-related matters, the court has played a pivotal role in ensuring fair and equitable outcomes for both employers and workers. It has served as a bastion of justice, safeguarding labour rights, and addressing disputes in a manner that promotes social harmony and economic stability.

The commemoration of the court's 10th anniversary emphasized its contribution to the realization of labour rights and the promotion of decent work in Kenya. Through its judgements and rulings, the court has interpreted and applied labour laws, including international labour standards, with a commitment to fairness and justice. It has provided a platform for workers to seek redress, ensuring that labour rights are protected and that violations are appropriately addressed.

Kenya is an active member of the ILO and has ratified numerous conventions, demonstrating its commitment to promoting decent work and social justice. The judicial system plays a crucial role in the tripartite partnership of the ILO and its work in Kenya, acting as a key component in upholding and enforcing labour laws, resolving disputes, and ensuring the protection of workers' rights.

The ILO's partnership with the Employment and Labour Relations Court has been instrumental in advancing the cause of labour justice in Kenya. The ILO, as a tripartite organization, has worked closely with the court, providing technical assistance, sharing expertise, and supporting capacity-building initiatives. Together, they have focused on strengthening the legal framework, promoting social dialogue, and raising awareness of labour rights, including those specific to vulnerable groups, such as women, migrant workers, and persons with disabilities.