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Teachers want rival official out of salaries board

07 April 2014, 10:13

Nairobi - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Vice Treasurer, Richard Kibagendi, has called upon the Salaries and Remuneration Commission Chair, Sarah Serem, to replace the Central Organisations of Trade Unions (COTU) appointee with a Public Servants Trade Unions (PUSETU) nominee.

Kibagendi’s sentiments come a few days after the Federation of Public Servants trade Unions Secretary General, Charles Mukhwaya, announced that PUSETU will be coordinating Labor Day celebrations which will be held on May 1.

Kibagendi said that PUSETU was better placed to represent teachers’ interests at the SRC than COTU was, hence the call.
COTU’s affiliates are drawn majorly from private companies whereas PUSETU derives membership from trade unions whose members are paid by the exchequer.

“Workers from COTU do not draw their salaries from the exchequer. We want to fight as PUSETU where KNUT is a member to make sure that we are represented by persons who understand our issues,” said Kibagendi.

PUSETU, which is a new entrant as an umbrella body representing the interests of public service employees will be launched on Tuesday at the Kenya International Conference Centre ahead of the annual Labour Day celebrations.

COTU has led the commemorations over the years.

PUSETU’s quest to represent public sector employees is set to kick off a storm between the two umbrella bodies as they engage in supremacy fights as to who who should represent workers in various boards.

 – CAJ News

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