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Officers demand union for police

17 October 2013, 10:02

Nairobi - In an unprecedented move, two police officers have handed in an application to form a union representing the law enforcers.

Nicky Njuguna and Bashir Yusuf, through their lawyer Wambua Gitonga, have made the application to the Registrar of Trade Unions.

They seek to establish a trade union that will help advocate for their industrial rights.

The application comes despite the fact that police officers are not allowed to form trade unions.

Analysts said such a development would prove a “litmus test” to the Registrar of Trade Unions.

By law, the Registrar is required to give a decision on the registration status of the application.

This can only be exempted in the situation the application is rendered defective or if the registration name appears similar to an existing trade union.

The police officers’ application was made after the Attorney General failed to adhere to the four months deadline issued to him by the Industrial Court Judge, Onesmus Makau, to have amended the statutory requirements.

He was also supposed to have come up with a legislative framework to guide the establishment of police unions. 

In June this year, Justice Makau rebuked a section of the Labour Relations Act of 2007 claiming that it was inconsistent with Article 41 and 24 of the Constitution as it contravened the officers’ right of association.

– CAJ News


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