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SRC commissioner faults govt's plan to retrench workers

21 February 2014, 16:44 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Samuel Ndururi, a commissioner at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has faulted the government's proposed move to retrench public servants as a way of reducing the rising wage bill.

Ndururi challenged the government to use other friendly measures that would not impact negatively on citizens who contribute a lot in raising the country's tax.

"The government can adopt proper measures to cut the wage bill by eliminating ghost workers, minimizing resource wastage, rationalizing the staff and wage freezing for evaluation," said Ndururi.    

He stated that the government's mandate to ensure that appropriate salaries and pensions are paid to workers will help to curb the rising wage bill.

Ndururi noted that SRC has so far worked to ensure that there is fairness in distribution of salaries through salary compression exercise by reducing its past minimum rate from 153 to 85.7 across all job rankings.

He added that SRC's job evaluation exercise will ensure that all State officers will equal qualifications earn equal salary.

"About 95% of public servants whose jobs were not evaluated in the first round should be aware that they are next when the process begins," assured Ndururi.

The SRC commissioner also noted that the nation's wage bill rate currently stands at 12% which is far higher compared to the global recommendation of seven percent.

Ndururi was speaking in a local radio station on the country's wage bill state and measures to address it.

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