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'SRC was set up to get rid of trade unions'

30 July 2015, 11:57 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - The Chairman of the Union of Kenya Civil Servants, Noah Rotich has said the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) was set up in order to get rid of trade unions in Kenya.

Speaking in Nairobi Wednesday, Rotich said SRC has done so little to help civil servants since its formation, and called for its disbandment.

“Somebody in government pushed for the formation of SRC with an ill motive. I think the main intention was to eradicate trade unions in this country.

“However, this has not been achieved basically because the commission’s functions are limited. It is the unions that hold negotiations on behalf of employees, not SRC.

“If we are not paid well, then we will seek greener pastures outside the country,” he said.

Read Also: Govt begins job evaluation exercise to rationalize public wage bill

He went ahead to accuse the commission of failing to harmonize salaries in the public sector four years after its formation.

“County government workers, who were employed recently, earn more than some civil servants working for the national government.

“Instead of addressing real issues, SRC is coming up with job evaluation exercise as a sideshow,” Rotich said.

Rorich said they will continue with the negotiations to push for better pay and working conditions for civil servants, and if the talks fail, they will call for a nationwide strike.

“We will continue to engage the government in talks. If we fail to agree on the table, then we will end up in the streets,” he said.

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