An Impact of Tripartite Arrangement: a Kenyan Case
Onyango, Peter Ogola
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Tripartite arrangement in Kenya functions largely around the government, workers and employers and their associations or unions. This study reviews this relationship with a particular emphasis on how it has impacted on industrial relations in the country. National tripartite co-operation has been a key element of industrial relations in Kenya. Tripartite co-operation has emerged and developed as an indispensable part of the economic, social and political process. Indeed, tripartism if well utilized can be a suitable instrument to manage the profound economic changes successfully, while ensuring an unexpectedly peaceful return to market rules. This is not the case in Kenya, since it has been a remarkably differing phenomenon, especially as regards its actual impact. Kenya has established a wide range of formal tripartite bodies dealing with broad economic and social policies or with more circumscribed issues such as occupational health and safety, vocational training and other work related issues. This research will, nevertheless, narrow its focus on tripartite bodies involved in labour policy formulation. This research paper presents a critical analysis of the goings in the industrial relations sphere and provides solutions that make the system mJe useful and formidable especially in the wake of unrest and industrial disturbances in terms of strikes. The involvement of other extra tripartite arrangement bodies in industrial relations is also critically expounded on.