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New Public Services Secretary Announces Salary Increase Plan

New Public Services Secretary Announces Salary Increase Plan

New CS Announces Plan For Salary Increment for civil servants

New CS Announces Plan -In the next 100 days, the government intends to increase civil servant salaries.

A technical committee will be established, according to Public Service, Affirmative Action, and Gender Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa, to assess and recommend the appropriate salary increase.

“Civil servants are a demoralised lot and we don’t want to see them suffering. They are unable to cope with the high cost of living occasioned by runaway inflation. As Kenya Kwanza Government, we want to revamp their morale by increasing their salaries as soon as possible,” said Ms Jumwa.

“I am a leader and a mother too. I know a majority of the public servants are grappling to pay school fees for their children, pay rent and fend for their families. It’s a sad state of affairs but I have come to solve the problem so that they can live a dignified life.”

According to the Cabinet Secretary, there won’t be any corruption cases if public employees are paid well.

The nation employs at least 923,000 public employees, whose combined salaries total more than Sh890 billion annually.

In order to cover the excessive salary bill, which consumes more than half of the budget and prevents the completion of development projects, the National Treasury has been finding it difficult to raise money.

Her promise comes at a time when the IMF is pressuring the government to eliminate positions and reduce the salary bill.

Jumwa, though, insisted that the country’s wage cost could be managed and that there was sufficient funding to cover the pay raise.

“We have 900,000 people working for 50 million Kenyans. Who says we have a bloated wage bill? The country has enough money to give the public servants a pay rise and carry on with its development agenda,” she said after conducting an inspection tour of Nairobi Huduma Centre.

The minimum salary for government employees was last revised by the government in May 2018 at a rate of 5%.

With this most recent action, teachers’ efforts to change the non-monetary Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) they signed with the Teachers Service Commission are anticipated to pick up again.

Teachers, through their organization Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), are asking for an immediate implementation of a salary raise of 60%.

Collins Oyuu, the secretary general of Knut, stated that the increased cost of living has forced a reassessment of it.

“We have commenced a structured negotiation with the employer to see to it that a 60 per cent salary rise is awarded to teachers,” Oyuu said in July.

He called for a review of the 2021-2025 collective bargaining agreement, which was signed with non-monetary benefits.

“The human resource benefits are both to the teacher, the employer, and everyone in this profession,” Oyuu said.

The 2021-25 CBA had non-monetary benefits including extended paid maternity leave for female teachers and introduced paternity leave for male teachers.

However, Oyuu said it’s high time the Salaries and Remuneration Commission considers increasing teachers salaries.

“The inflation rate at the moment does not allow us to continue having boardroom meetings with our employer. The economic times are extremely harsh,” he said.

According to Oyuu, these demands were discussed between TSC and Knut from July 7 to July 9.

The official said that the union and TSC would have a strong partnership moving ahead, but added that this would not stop the union from defending the rights of teachers.

“This time, we have stated clearly and briefly that teachers have a minimum standard that cannot be reduced. “Teachers don’t want stories; they want money,” he remarked.

Rigathi Gachagua, the vice president, stated that Dr. Ruto’s administration is committed to raising teacher pay.

Gachagua added that the Kenya Kwanza administration would host a forum where teachers could express their ideas and suggestions about problems that affected them.

“Teachers salaries and allowance is an issue for discussion. We must all agree that the cost of living has gone very high and teachers are not exempted from the high prices of food and other commodities. And in response the government must take care of its teachers and way is to listen to them and see the cost of living can be addressed,” said Gachagua in August.






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