Atwoli lashes out at employers, blames them of ‘misadvising’ State on salaries


Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli during Labour day celebrations at Uhuru Park on May 1,2016.Photo/ENOS TECHE

Employers have been blamed for “misadvising” the government on how much employees should be paid.

COTU general secretary Francis Atwoli said employers were insisting on paying workers based on productivity, yet there was no formula in place to gauge the process.

“Who is misadvising the government on productivity? I have heard you (Federation of Kenya Employers) talking about productivity. The government has no way of measuring productivity and so you cannot pretend to know how to,” he said.

He was addressing workers on Sunday at Uhuru park during the 2016 Labour day celebrations.

Atwoli was responding to claims by FKECEO Jacqueline Mugo that Kenya needs to fix pay rise on each worker’s productivity.

“This language of productivity in Kenya cannot work. In Africa, it is only in South Africa where they have some semblance of productivity,” he said.

He said the country will be in industrial chaos if it abandons the guidelines of the government and follow Mugo’s advise.

“If we are to be measured on productivity, what we are doing to our own families? Me and her, we have a shortfall. Her family will expel her and my two wives will chase me away,” he said.

He further urged employers to stop outsourcing staff whenever they are employing.

“This business of outsourcing employees must stop. There is no job security at all for workers and we want the government to intervene and fight this with us as workers,” he said.

Atwoli said every Kenyan is comfortable working on permanent and pensionable terms, as opposed to the outsourcing system.

CS’s Willy Bett (Agriculture), Phyllis Kandie (Labour),Adan Mohamed (Industrialisation), Dan Kazungu (Mining),Raychelle Omamo (Defence), Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands) and James Macharia (Roads) and were among those present.

Other are; CSs Mwangi Kiunjuri, Eugene Wamalwa, Fred Matiang’i and Sicily Kariuki.