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Unions threaten strike over NSSF "scandal"

08 January 2014, 10:19

Nairobi - Trade unions affiliated to the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) have threatened to go on a nationwide strike and withdraw their members from the scandal-ridden National Social Security Fund (NSSF).

Trade union officials from different sectors expressed dissatisfaction over the government’s alleged inaction over COTU allegations of a KES 5.053 billion tender awarded to Chinese firm, China Jiangxi, at NSSF’s Tassia II Scheme.

“As affiliate trade unions, we wish to express our total dissatisfaction with government over the casual manner in which it continues to exhibit by not responding to even letters authored by the umbrella workers body,” the unions said in a joint statement.

The officials, under the leadership of Ernest Nadome the General Secretary for Kenya Electrical Workers Union, said, “What what is being witnessed is unprecedented scenarios where slowly impunity is beginning to reign in at the NSSF reminiscent of the previous years when the NSSF was a leading cash-cow.”

COTU had earlier asked for the sacking of both the chair of the NSSF Board of Trustees as well as the Cabinet Secretary for Labour after the Cabinet Secretary, Kazungu Kambi, had nonetheless issued a statement that there is no scandal at NSSF.

The COTU affiliated trade union officials called on the President’s intervention saying that this would serve to save the workers funds from embezzlement.

They said that if the government did not intervene in a timely manner, COTU would convene an Executive Board meeting of all General Secretaries of Affiliates to “take a decision on the matter including and not limited to calling a nationwide strike” that would culminate in all members withdrawing from NSSF.

The combined membership of the COTU affiliate unions is 1,5 million.

These make monthly compulsory contributions to the NSSF.

– CAJ News


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