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Kambi: Government will increase salaries

01 May 2014, 17:18 William Korir

Nairobi - The government will increase workers' salaries once the economy picks up, Labour secretary Kazungu Kambi has said.

An increased cost of living as well as rising inflation and other factors have meant that Kenyans are under pressure from a lack increased income.

The government as usual has been placed under increased scrutiny on income and how it can be improved and the topic was on everyone's lips at the 2014 Labour Day celebrations.

COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli led the clamour for increased wages by the government to cheers by the watching public.

" I think that with the way things have been in the last year, it is not too much to ask the government to raise wages, I think they will understand the concerns of the workers, he said.

The government on its part through Kambi, said that the plan was to lift wages but asked for time for the government to work on a formula to raise the wages.

" Before this year ends we will be able to ascertain the economic index and see if we can increase salaries accordingly. We are pleading for more time since we are a new government, he said.

He did add that the government was monitoring the increased cases of Kenyan workers being mishandled in the middle East and said that there is a body that has been placed in-charge of the matter.

" The government is looking into improving working conditions of Kenyans in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Jordan and Kuwait, he said.

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