Putting civil servants employees on contract is to reduce them to beggars -COTU


By Tobby Otum

Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) coast region won’t accept civil servants employees to be put on contract.

COTU coast regional Secretary Gideon Mutiso lashed out at Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria for his reckless statement that there are plans to put civil servants on contract instead of permanent employment.

He said initially they had love for Kuria but his recent remarks about putting civil servants on contract has made them hate him.

“I will oppose the government move which lacks blessing from Kenyans,” he pointed out.

Mutiso said Kuria plans to take the country back to the dark days before the country got independence.

He was addressing the media after attending a thanksgiving Sunday service, being their annual tradition, at Voice of Salvation and Healing Church International (Vosh Church Int.) in Mvita constituency, Mombasa county before marking this year’s World Labour Day celebrations in the country.

The COTU regional spokesperson said they are not ready to back colonial era rules with the hidden agent to also move to the private sector.

Mutiso told the media the move is to employ Kenyans on casual and not contract terms.

He pointed out the terms are dangerous as contributions to NSSF and medical covers will not feature in the terms of employment.

“We oppose the government move in the strongest terms because it aims to turn the country into a nation of beggars,” he pointed out.

The COTU regional spokesperson threatened to call a mother of all strikes which has never been witnessed since the country got independence if the national assembly passes the government’s intention.

Mutiso said he is confident their intention to strike will get backing from the entire country.

He added he wish to join their colleagues to oppose the move to put civil servants employees on contract yet they are already on permanent employment.

Coast region COTU chairman Maurice Ohanga said they oppose the government move to deploy 1,000 police officers to Haiti which he said is a death penalty.

He asked the government to stop using force to deploy Kenyan police officers to Haiti.

“The government must be brought to notice that we are against the decision,” he told the media.

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