PUSETU dismisses COTU call for strike

By Simon Acholla

CS Kazungu Kambi suspended Atwoli and Jacqueline Mugo of FKE from the NSSF board (File)

Public Servants Trade Union PUSETU has distanced itself from the ongoing feud between the Central Organization of Trade Unions and the Federation of Kenya Employers on one side and the Labour Cabinet Secretary on the other.

Pusetu has rubbished call by the COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli for industrial strike on August 4th to protest his ejection from the NSSF board alongside FKE boss Elizabeth Mugo.

The two got a major reprieve after the High Court extended the suspension of the Gazette notice issued by Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi until the 5th of August when the industrial court will deliver its ruling.

PUSETU said the problems bedeviling Atwoli are purely personal adding that  the Kenyan workers cannot be compelled to carry his cross.

COTU affiliate unions have threatened to down their tools unless Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi recalls the gazette notice suspending Atwoli and his Federation of Kenya counterpart Jacqueline Mugo from the NSSF board of Trustees.

FKE chairman Linus Gitahi termed the decision by the Cabinet Secreaty unprofessional.

Secretary General Mudzo Nzili said as the largest labour center in the country, they must be on the board.

Pusetu also called for the amendment of the new NSSF act to allow the inclusion of all trade unions to participate in the boards of institutions handling workers’ welfare to avert the current impasse that has seen some organizations go to court to stop the new levies that are likely to increase monthly deductions by over 200 %.