Kenya: FKE demands reduction in public wage bill

By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Feb 9th, 2013
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Echoing the stand taken by the Cabinet, the Federation of Kenya Employers says the public wage bill still needs to be reduced further following the release of a new pay structure by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) on Tuesday.

“We find the proposed remuneration levels still too high. They should be scaled down further to reflect what is available in the private sector market,” the federation’s chairman Erastus Mwongera said at a press briefing on Friday.

A statement sent to newsrooms by the Presidential Press Service earlier in the day read: “The Cabinet expressed concern that the measures announced by SRC are not adequate and more steps should be taken to further reduce the wage bill. In this regard, a Cabinet sub-committee was formed to study the SRC report and develop comprehensive measures to further control the escalation of the public wage bill.”

The SRC is currently carrying out nationwide public hearings on the proposed pay structure.

Mwongera also called on the SRC to speed up its review of all public officer salaries to secure more funds for development. “The SRC should immediately embark on a similar exercise to come up with a pay structure for all public officers because this will ensure that more funds will be available for development expenditure rather than for the recurrent expenditure as is the case now.”

FKE like the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) is against the immediate implementation of the new National Hospital Insurance Fund rates. – For more visit capitalfm

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