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Francis Atwoli re-elected as member of ILO

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The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-Kenya) Secretary General, Dr. Francis Atwoli has been re-elected for a fourth time as a member of International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to a statement released Monday, Atwoli was among the candidates who received the highest number of votes globally.

He will represent the interests of workers in Africa for the four-year period to 2024.

“Dr. Atwoli has now left a mark as the first member of the ILO Governing Body to be re-elected for a record four times consecutively to the Governing Body,” read the statement signed by COTU Deputy Secretary General Benson Okwaro.

“This is a strong attestation of the confidence that trade union leaders, in the entire continent of Africa as well as globally, continue to have in Dr. Atwoli’s leadership.”, The COTU Deputy S-G added.

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 “As COTU (K) we take great pride in associating with Dr. Atwoli and for his leadership, mentorship and guidance. Indeed, the person of Atwoli commands a lot of reverence and admiration internationally considering his firm leadership and commitment to the plight of the workers globally.”

The COTU Secretary General acknowledged the congratulatory messages on his Twitter page saying, “I’m humbled by all your congratulatory messages on my fourth re-election as a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Governing Body. To all Kenyan workers, THANK YOU for your support that has given me recognition worldwide. I promise to continue serving you unwavering (sic).”

The ILO is a United Nations (UN) agency devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

It was created in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, to reflect the belief that universal and lasting peace can be accomplished only if it is based on social justice. In 1946, the ILO became a specialized agency of the United Nations.

The ILO Governing Body is the Executive Body of the International Labour Organization that meets three times a year, in March, June and November, in Geneva.

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