Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli.
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Atwoli Elected Vice Chairperson of Workers’ Group at International Labour Conference

COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has achieved a significant milestone as he was unanimously elected as the Vice Chairperson of the Workers’ Group at the prestigious International Labour Conference (ILC) held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The ILC serves as the highest decision-making body of the International Labour Organization (ILO), where Atwoli has been an active titular member.

Atwoli led a delegation of thirty (30) Kenyan workers at the 111th session of the ILO, representing various trade unions, and it was during this session that he secured the esteemed position of Vice Chairperson in the Workers’ Group. The achievement highlights Atwoli’s dedication and influence within the global labor movement.


“It meets annually, bringing together the tripartite delegations from the organization’s 187 Member States and a number of observers from other international actors to consider a series of topics related to the world of work, placed on its agenda by the Organization’s Governing Body,” reads part of a statement from COTU on Monday.

The upcoming session will center around three pivotal areas: the pursuit of a just transition towards sustainable and inclusive economies, the promotion of quality apprenticeships, and the enhancement of labor protection measures.

Under the overarching theme of “Socal Justice for All,” the conference will delve into meaningful discussions on improving the rights and well-being of workers on global scale.

Led by Francis Atwoli, the delegation will actively engage in these deliberations, aiming to contribute valuable insights and advocate for the betterment of workers worldwide.

Notably, Atwoli will be working alongside Catelene Passchier from the Netherlands, who has been elected as the Chairperson, further strengthening the diverse and dynamic leadership of the Workers’ Group.