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New NSSF rates remain illegal, insists Atwoli

02 February 2015, 15:56 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli has put on notice employers deducting KES 1 080 from workers according to the proposed new National Social Security Fund (NSSF).

Atwoli said the new NSSF rates remain illegal because the court suspended its implementation and asked workers being deducted to report to his office for appropriate action to be taken.

The Ministry of Labor through the 2013 NSSF Act proposed to raise the workers’ monthly contribution from KES 200 to KES 1 080 to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) but COTU opposed the new rates and took the matter to court.

“The Labor Ministry is telling some employers who are unaware that the matter is in court to remit KES 1 000. This is illegal and we will not allow it,” said Atwoli.

He asked Labor Cabinet Secretary, Kazungu Kambi to desist from directing employers to deduct the new NSSF rates from the employees’ salaries. 

Atwoli further accused Kambi of undermining workers in key decision-making by sidelining him and the Federation of Kenya Employers Executive Director, Jacqueline Mugo in all NSSF board meetings yet they are still members.

He termed the Ministry of Labor board meetings illegal saying anything passed without the inclusion of the two labor welfare representatives was null and void.

Atwoli said the court’s ruling reinstated them on NSSF board following the gazettment of their dismissal by Kambi.

The COTU secretary General was speaking at a press conference following claims that some employers were deducting workers KES 1 080 according to the suspended new NSSF laws.

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