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SRC to harmonise pay to retain County workers

26 September 2013, 17:45 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) will work on modalities to retain workers who are joining County Governments by harmonising their pay to be in line with other state servants.

The Commission’s Vice Chairperson, Daniel Ogutu, said that although counties have attracted very skilled labourers, retaining them could be difficult if their salaries are not harmonised.

“In the counties that we have been going in, we have realised that they have attracted many experienced and skilled workers. What now falls on our shoulders is how to retain them by harmonising their pay,” Ogutu said.

Ogutu was speaking in Vihiga County headquarters at Mbale when he led a team of SRC members in visiting the officers working in the region as they seek to educate them on the impeding job evaluation.

“After we have evaluated all the eleven thousand jobs, we will work on a Ghana-like structure where workers of the County and central governments are able to earn the same amount of money at the end of the month,” he said.

Vihiga governor, Moses Akaranga, condemned the Public Service for being slow in directing its workers back in the counties so that they do not clash with County government workers.

He said that most workers in the County governments cannot properly execute their duties because they look to those in the central government as being more superior to them.

He further noted that the many job evaluations being done by the central government - the Public service and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission - were a duplication of duties and a waste of the public funds.

“All the organs that are coming down to the counties to conduct the job evaluations are from the same place, and thus create an unnecessary waste of money that would have been channeled to some other proper use,” Akaranga said.

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