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Atwoli faults Labor CS' move to launch PUSETU

07 April 2014, 22:02 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Central Organizations of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli has faulted Labor Cabinet Secretary, Kazungu Kambi's move to launch the country's second national labour union he termed "an impunity move."

Atwoli said the Public Service Trade Union of Kenya (PUSETU-K) to be launched is a sectoral trade union that does not meet the Federation qualifications since it only represents workers within the nation's public sector under a single employer and the Government as depicted from its name.

"I hear Kambi is launching something tomorrow. That is impunity and he should be arrested like yesterday," said Atwoli.

"Contrary to the impression created that the membership of PUSETU-K is higher than COTU-K, official Government records show we have 1 294 853 actual membership each remitting KES 100 monthly although stands at 1 600 000 based on its records as opposed to PUSETU-K's 259 293 who contribute nothing," he added.

Atwoli stated the Labor CS needs to be advised noting that he move to launch a diversionary union has some hidden agenda against the entire workers' welfare.

"PUSETU-K is a small government project spearheaded by somebody who is angry with controversial Tassia II project. The organization is a sham of labor union that lacks an office, members and grassroots support," stated Atwoli.

The COTU Secretary General also warned that the government and PUSETU-K's attempt  to organize the upcoming Labor Day in May is a misplaced move since it is his organization in collaboration with its stakeholders' mandate to plan the international function.

"Some individuals in government attempt to sponsor dismantled groups to organize Labor Day is misplaced since the the function organized by COTU's stewardship," he noted.   

Atwoli challenged the Government to solve the looming insecurity situation, high cost of living, corruption and impunity noting that a nation with industrial instability encounters minimal economic growth.

Atwoli was speaking at a press conference after holding a meeting with national General Secretaries of COTU's 40 affiliate unions to deliberate on the success of the forthcoming Labour Day.

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