COTU, PUSETU wrangles heighten ahead of Labor Day
29 April 2014, 10:18
Nairobi - Wrangles between the two national labor unions; Central Organization of Trade Unions(COTU) and Public Servants Trade Union (PUSETU) took another dimension after it emerged that the two unions were planning to hold Labor Day celebrations at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.
PUSETU Secretary General, Charles Mukhwaya confirmed that the union's Labor Day program for May 1, 2014 at Uhuru Park was already in place and that they had invited COTU for a five-minute speech delivery on workers' matters.
"We as PUSETU are adequately prepared to host Labor Day on Thursday May 1 without any fear or intimidation by our rival COTU whom we have also invited to talk to workers in five minutes," said Mukhwaya.
"International Labor Day celebrations is not a day to dance but a day to address challenges facing workers," he added.
Mukhwaya accompanied by Knut Secretary General, Wilson Sossion were speaking to the press before appearing before the National Assembly's Labor and Social Welfare committee that sought to inquire regarding the union's preparation for Labor Day.
However, the officials walked out of the committee room when their plea to the committee's chairman, George Muchai who is also COTU's deputy Secretary General to leave the committee before engaging in talks was dismissed.
They feared that the presence of Muchai who is also the Committee member would influence members to favor COTU.
COTU's Secretary General Francis Atwoli later on confirmed to the same Labor committee that his organization was already set for the Labor Day celebrations at Uhuru Park.
"I can assure this committee that COTU is done with Labor Day's programme. We normally spend about KES 30 million and the Union's stewards are also prepared to see that day is successful," said Atwoli.
"I met with Labor Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi on April 24 and then informed him on the Day's arrangements. We have also invited him as a guest to the event," he added.
Atwoli noted that his organization has not invited PUSETU instead it has invited its affiliate registered unions including Knut as done annually.
He warned that PUSETU's plan to interrupt Labor Day will be dealt with by the union's stewards who are the sponsors of the event.
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