Kenya: Employers federation says 2.3 million workers could lose medical cover should Covid-19-related closures persist

Author: Samwel Otieno, Business Daily (Kenya), Published on: 21 May 2020

"2.3m workers at risk of losing medical cover, warns FKE"

At least 2.3 million workers may not benefit from medical cover provided by their employers if the Covid-19 pandemic persists, the employers' lobby has warned.The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) in its submission to the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Covid-19 stated that the provision of medical covers to employees may not be tenable in the long run as employers see their incomes drop significantly. FKE chief executive Jacqueline Mugo told the Johnson Sakaja-led committee that most members of the federation are currently in distress due to the effects of the coronavirus...

Currently FKE has a membership of 1,900 enterprises, representing about 2.3 million employees. Coupled with the recent loss of jobs in the country due to the pandemic, missing out on medical cover may further pile misery on the already strained workers. In a bid to remain afloat and continue providing services, some employers have sent their staff home while others have subjected them to pay cuts as high as 50 per cent following a dip in revenues. A Labour ministry report last month indicates that so far 133,657 jobs in the formal sector have been lost in the country since the first coronavirus case was reported in March.

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