Conflict brewing between COTU and Ministry over National Industrial Training Authority Board

Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) has hit out at the National government over what it terms is move to have cartels take over the National Industrial Training Authority.

First Assistant Secretary General of COTU Mr. Ernest Nadome says as COTU they will not allow illegalities through moves being taken by government.

He said despite the term of the Director General NITA coming to an end, the Board decided to extend the term.

However, he is quick to note that the Ministry of Labor has declined and decided to appoint someone in acting capacity.

COTU now terms the move by the government as unfair and an indicator that there are vested interests and that the government through the Ministry might plan to plant their own.

The union is now calling on the government to respect the rule of law.“We will not allow any further illegalities being done by the government concerning NITA.

We see vested interests with government plans to plant their own” said Nadome.

He was speaking in Nakuru on Monday during the official opening of a 5 day training workshop for Universities’ stakeholders on negotiation skills for strengthened social dialogue in the Education sector in Kenya.

Nadome who also represented COTU SG Francis Atwoli, expressed concern over the Salaries and Remuneration Commission powers that have frustrated the implementation of the CBA’s in the country affecting the terms of the workers.

Nardome says that the commission has impacted negatively on the effective realization of the employees’ rights cutting across to the private sector and called for the disbandment of the outfit.

He said SRC should be barred from setting the salaries scale and only provides advisory opinion to government and private sector to enable the implementation of CBA’s become effective.

According to Mr.Nadome,as workers they will only support the referendum bid if the disbandment of SRC will be factored in.

“SRC should be barred from setting the salaries scale and only provides advisory opinion to government and private sector to enable the implementation of CBA’s become effective” said Nadome.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:First Assistant Secretary General of COTU Mr. Ernest Nadome addressing in Nakuru on Monday during the official opening of a 5 day training workshop for Universities’ stakeholders on negotiation skills for strengthened social dialogue in the Education sector in Kenya.

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