BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,4TH OCT 2017-The Salaries and Remuneration Commission SRC has termed the current demands by nurses as being way beyond monetary increase.According to SRC vice chair Daniel Ogutu the commission was not responsible for the protracted nurses’ strike that is in its third month.
Addressing the National Assembly’s special committee formed to look into the Sh10 billion supplementary budget for fresh presidential election on Wednesday 4th Oct,Ogutu said the job boycott that is in its 115th day is beyond salary raise and the job evaluation it undertook. “The complications we have in the medial sector are beyond money,” he said.
“People are keen on pushing for their own commissions to push for their interests just like the Teachers Service Commission, among others, does.”
The SRC wants an additional Sh47 million, which is the supplementary budget, to complete the job evaluation for government employees.
Mr Ogutu defended the request, saying the commission had brought industrial peace since the process started.
The amount is needed to pay two consultants: Price Waterhouse Coopers that is undertaking job evaluation for treasury, public universities, tertiary and research institutions; Earnest and Young that is evaluating disciplined services, police and the military.
SRC did not breakdown the amount each consultant is to be paid.
Mr Ogutu noted that perennial strikes and disturbances witnessed in the universities was not related to the commission.
He linked the strikes to working conditions or other details in the workers’ contested Collective Bargaining Agreement.