By Sarah Serem

The current climate of industrial unrest by some workers in the public sector comes at a challenging time when the country is facing drought and famine, and heightened insecurity and political situation among other challenges. This does not augur well for an economy that is seeking to hit the double digit growth rate. Prolonged strikes by public sector workers not only disrupt the essential services desired by wananchi but can, in the short and long term, harm the country’s international investment reputation. This is costly and detrimental to the country’s economy.

By Sarah Serem

The recent media reports on salary increments for some senior State Officers and the push by state organs both at the county and national government to enact bills intended to either enhance retirement package and/or provide send-off packages to state officers are a cause for concern for many Kenyans.
Recently, Parliament approved a pension plan for former legislators who served between 1984 and 2002 that could cost the taxpayer at least Sh2.9 billion. The Commission is also aware that Sh3.3 billion has been set aside towards severance payment for 8 months for the legislators. The pay being claimed is for the period between August 8, when the General Election will be held, and March 2018, when the MPs claim their 5-year term ought to end. More so, some counties have, in the recent past, passed bills giving benefits to some state officers.

Anne R. Gitau is Commission Secretary at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission

In 2014, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission initiated a national discussion on the rising public-sector wage bill. The national debate was not only timely but an important policy discourse for the country. Over the years, the rise in the wage bill has been compromising fiscal and debt sustainability, and jeopardising growth by generating excessive deficits and crowding out growth-enhancing public investments.

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