Divisions have rocked port workers unions over the recent merger of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) and the Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) to form Kenya Transport and Logistics Network.
The Dock Workers Union is claiming that the merger will lead to joblessness at the Port of Mombasa.
“The first casualty will be the 700 staff in the security department because unlike KPA the other two, KPC and KRC, have outsourced security services,” said DWU Chairman Mohamed Sheria.
Reports indicate that the union has since resolved to file a case challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Executive Order No.5 of 2020 to collapse the three state entities into one giant logistics company.
Under the Executive Order, the Head of State placed KPA, KRC and KPC services under the Kenya Transport and Logistics Network (KTLN) under the coordination of the Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC).
A team led by Sheria is also accusing the General Secretary Simon Sang of secretly supporting the merger.
On the other hand, Sang has accused the Sheria led faction of working with forces out to derail or scuttle plans by the union to challenge the merger in court.
The Head of State moved the ICDC from the Ministry of Transport and Logistics to the National Treasury in what he said was for effective implementation and operation of the ICDC programs.
Sheria also claimed that the DWU General Secretary was using the merger as a campaign tool for the union’s elections slated for some time in April next year.
Sheria faction has written a letter to the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani seeking to convene a meeting with workers to deliberate on the issue.
“We want to see the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between KPA, KRC and KPL so that we can know how it affected the workers’ welfare like with whom should we negotiate the new Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA),” Sheria added.