TOPIC: ACTIVITIES OF TRADE UNIONS AND THEIR EFFECTIVENESS
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
For several years white settlers were able to sabotage all efforts of permiting the growth of trade unions.The colonial government attitude towards thetrade unions in kenya was for sometime very hostile because of the belief that trade union activities meant violence,rioting and communism.Until 1955,the kenya government was fighting against the building of a trade union and only in that year did it declare(following justice windham’s recommendations)that it was its policy to help build the movements.
The Dockworkers union started in 1954,during that period it had 12,000 members who only came from mombasa.Its main objective is to secure a complete organization in the union of all workers employed in the port industry and endevour to maintain just and proper rates of wages,hours of work and other conditions of labour and gen erally to protect the interest of members
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The dockworkers union has emerged to be one of the leading and active trade unions in the country fightig for the rights of its members and winning all disputes fowarded to the employers and industrial courts adhering to the objectives of the union and total assurance of union members to their staff functions in their offices.It has been observed that management of the union has shown some aspect of failure,among the failures are no new members are joining the union ,the meetings which are supposed to be held annualy are not held anymore the main objectives of the union are not adhered to by the management,the grievances of the workers are not taken seriously by the union and finally there is great mismanagement of funds.
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
I. To find out the activities of the trade union movement
II. To establish if the grievances of the dock workesr are being addressed by the union