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COTU reads mischief in planned public service staff audit

16 July 2014, 21:31 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Workers unions are demanding dialogue ahead of the planned public service staff audit claiming they need to be re-assured over claims there will be mass retrenchment.

The unions which lie under the umbrella of the massive Central Organisation of Trade Unions COTU, say they feel the planned audit will only lead to mass sackings and discrimination of staff.

They insist that they will not agree to the process unless the government states clearly what it intends to do.

" We fear that there will be mass retrenchment and job losses just like there was in the 1990s under the Moi regime and that is our worry, COTU executive member Earnest Nadome said Wednesday in Nairobi.

Nadome also accused the Kenya Civil Servants Union boss Tom Odege of leading his members into an ambush and insisted that they must be placed in the  process to protect the rights of their members.

" We want to be included in this process because there are those who have their own interests and not that of the workers at heart, he added.

Odege had Tuesday come out to state that there was no reason for panic within the public service over job losses saying that was not the intended purpose of the process.

" We want to assure workers that none will lose their jobs, he said.

As reported earlier by News24, fear has gripped the public service over the process which is according to the government, meant to streamline the public service and increase efficiency.

Many workers fear they will either be sacked, moved unfairly, downgraded or discriminated in the process.

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