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Rivalry between COTU and Pusetu continues

26 February 2014, 11:15

Nairobi - Members of the newly-formed Public Servants Trade Unions (PUSETU) have told the Secretary General of the Central Organizations of Trade Unions(COTU), Francis Atwoli, to desist from mudslinging the union.

In a move that points out the existing disquiet between the two umbrella bodies, PUSETU, through a statement read by Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Chair, Mudzo Nzili, stated that PUSETU did not seek to fight COTU.

Nzili said that the civil servants were not happy with how COTU was being ran and that necessitated the formation of a labor center that looks into public servants’ welfare as an entity.

“Workers in the public service were not satisfied with way COTU was handling workers negotiations. In fact it had become very clear that the COTU leadership was using workers issues for political posturing,” said Nzili.

Nzili, who is a member of PUSETU, and was speaking on behalf of the Chairman, of PUSETU Dr Charles Mukhwaya, said that COTU was unable to champion public service welfare issues.

He added that the splintering of trade unions within the public service was one of the reasons of the formation of PUSETU.

He attributed the splintering of trade unions to the insecurity of COTU leadership.

Nzili also denounced the representation that COTU has in bodies that include the Public Service Commission, Kenya National Examinations Council, National Labor Board, Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

He said that as a union that represented public servants, PUSETU needed representation in the bodies and questioned how a private sector worker could represent public servants in a public service body.

PUSETU said that it boasts of more members than the members that COTU has.

“We are sure that COTU cannot master more than 160,000 members. If COTU has 2 million members as claimed, then PUSETU would have more than 6 million members,” said Nzili.

– CAJ News

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