SRC: We will take all views into consideration
27 March 2014, 08:16
Kericho - The Salaries and Remuneration commission (SRC) conducted a public forum in Kericho to get residents' views on the country's rising wage bill.
Professionals, individuals, state officers, activists, and unions among other groups got a chance to give their views.
They said public servants should not get sitting and traveling allowances as one way of reducing the burden.
“It is unfortunate that somebody is given traveling and sitting allowance for the work they are employed to do,” noted Charles Cheruiyot from the private sector in the region.
On their part, Eunice Nyambura and Alice Koech lamented that some Kenyans earn millions while others earn less than ten thousand a month and called for the narrowing of the gap.
The youth in the region decried the retirement age, saying it should be reduced to 50 instead of the current 60.
“It is discouraging to see someone working up to 60 years of age yet thousands of learned youth are jobless. Some even attain retirement age before they start working,” said Kenneth Koech, a youth leader in the county.
Koech also called on the government to fully curb graft in all offices and punish those who are found taking part in corruption.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers through its Bomet Executive Secretary Malel Langat maintained that the rising wage bill should not be a reason to deny teachers a pay increment which is said is below the international standards.
SRC commissioner Oloo Aringo assured members of public that all their views will be taken into consideration during the policy making.
“I assure you that all your views will be put into consideration by the Commission after all counties are covered. We shall have a National Conference on 28th April and it will be attended by members of all government departments,” said Aloo.
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