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Senate summons COTU, FKE officials and Labor CS

02 August 2014, 16:15 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Senate Committee on Labor and Social Welfare has summoned the Labor Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi, the Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli and the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) Director, Jacquiline Mugo over the witnessed disputes among them in the workers’ representation.

Committee’s chairman, Stewart Madzayo who is also the Kilifi Senator said his committee has summoned the COTU, FKE officials and the Labor CS to appear before it on August 5 and 6 in an effort to resolve the ongoing stalemate of representation on  the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) board.

“As the Senate committee charged to take care of the interest of workers and their welfare, we want to urge all the parties, to call off the planned strike,” said Madzayo.

“We have asked all the stakeholders to appear before the committee and we want to appeal to them to consider the interests of the nation are maintained and thus avoid the industrial action,” he added.

Madzayo said his committee will impartially play a mediating role by giving equal chance to every party without any partisan in defending themselves.

“We call upon the parties to embrace dialogue as we wait for the courts to issue its ruling and also listen to their grievances. Strikes do not solve the problem and we are determined as Senate to resolve the issues,” stated the Kilifi Senator.

The former Labour Minister, John Munyes who is also the Turkana Senator urged Kambi to always engage all the stakeholders in the Labor sector to curb and end the ever arising disputes.

Both Atwoli and Mugo fell out with Kambi after announcing their retirement from the NSSF board according to the controversial newly implemented 2013 NSSF Act which limits board members from representing their organizations for more than two terms in a period of six years each.

Atwoli went to court challenging Kambi’s move amid calling for the workers’ national strike on August 4 but then withdrew the strike notice after the court reinstated him to the board as he waits for its further hearing and final ruling.

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