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Atwoli faults SRC's plan to reduce retirement age

28 April 2014, 16:34 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Central Organizations of Trade Union(COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli has faulted the Salaries and Remuneration Commission's (SRC) plan to reduce the public servants' retirement age from the current 60.

Atwoli said SRC's move will affect the country's economic growth noting that the current retirement age is yet to fulfill the intended target in improving the economy.

"Why should SRC reduce the current retirement age from 60 when East African countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Congo and others have their workers' retirement age at 60," said Atwoli.

He also stated that his organization is the only recognized workers' union to organize the upcoming Labor Day in May.

"COTU's membership should not be equated by any other union such as the newly formed PUSETU to be given the mandate of organizing for the Labor Day," stated Atwoli.

He expressed his confidence that the government will continue working with COTU in addressing and resolving workers' challenges and warned against sidelining it in favor of another union.

He was speaking on Sunday during prayer day for Labor Day to be celebrated on May 1, 2014.

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