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Nakuru trade Unions come to COTU's defence

21 February 2014, 15:21 Wilshere

Nakuru - Trade Unions in Nakuru town on Thursday came in defense of the Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) and denounced a move to have a splinter rival group.

The Unions officials who met in Nakuru said they had confidence in COTU led by the Secretary General Francis Atwoli and vowed to resist any move to have a splinter organization.

The officials, who were led by the General Secretary of the Kenya National Union of Private School Teachers, Markey Sakayo told a press conference in Nakuru that  those who wanted to form a splinter group had selfish interests which would not serve the welfare of the workers.

“That it is why we will remain behind Atwoli,” he said.

Early this week, a parallel workers' umbrella association was launched in Mombasa, which is seen as the biggest threat to COTU.

Eight national trade unions came together to launch the Federation of Public Service Trade Unions of Kenya headed by interim chairman, Charles Mukhwaya.

Sakayo has so far said that they are not scared and that the giant trade union in the country will continue with its main mandate of airing the grievances of workers.  

He said those behind the new Federation were not saying the reason for the move which means they have been sponsored.

“If at all they are genuine with this new union, they should tell Kenyans why they have decided to form this group at this point in time,” he said.

Sakayo said Atwoli was being targeted because of his firm stand on the NSSF and NHIF funds which he pledged to protect with his life.

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