Tuesday, 20 December 2011
CAN ATWOLI ATONE FOR MISFIRING STRIKE BY TRANSPORT UNIONS?
From the onset, calling for a country-wide strike with Christmas looming large, didn't sound like a bright idea. The country has been treated to a not so jolly ride of one strike after another and it seems apathy or fatigue has set in already. But Francis Atwoli and a bunch of unions in Kenya's transport sector saw things differently.
Atwoli had a day before the intended industrial action, delivered an inspiring speech that was televised live, in which he did somewhat managed to pass out as a darling of the down-trodden.
But the the lukewarm reception of the strike call, and the reality of attempting to organise a 10-day general strike in the middle of what is probably the most profitable period for the public transport sector, finally yielded some common sense in COTU.
Here is a glimpse of how this matter was perceived by Kenyans on social media networks.