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We will tap retirees expertise to manage labour issues – CS

Irene Githinji @gitshee

The Ministry of Labour is considering engaging retired civil servants for advisory purposes.

Labour Cabinet secretary Ukur Yatani said the retirees’ vast knowledge will come in handy at a time when the ministry is considering institutionalising dispute resolution mechanisms to sort out rising labour issues as opposed to the long and tedious court process.

He said it is unfortunate that retired civil servants have fizzled out of the limelight despite their wide exposure and experience.

Yatani spoke yesterday when Kenya Association of Retired Officers (Karo), led by former Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chairman Ibrahim Hussein paid him a courtesy call at the Labour offices.

In their petition, the  senior citizens called for a review of monthly pension saying when the cost of living rises, it reduces the purchasing power of retirees putting them at risk of sliding to poverty.

“Currently, we have civil servants whose pension is Sh2,000 per month, which is below the stated Kenya National Bureau of Statistics poverty line of Sh3,300 per month.

The Remuneration and Benefits Policy, 2015 provided that whenever remuneration of public servants is reviewed, pension should also be reviewed as most reviews address adjustment for cost of living,”  he said.

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