The Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare chaired by Hon Josephat Kabinga Wachira met with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and the Dock Workers’ Union, to discuss the delay in implementation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Kenya Ports Authority and the Dock Workers’ Union.
Today’s was a follow-up meeting with the SRC after the Dock Workers, KPA, and the Federation of Kenya Employers; in a previous meeting with the committee, had accused the SRC of delaying the registration of the CBA, pending implementation.
The Dock workers, through Mvita MP Hon AbdulSwammad Sherrif Nassir, had sought the intervention of the National Assembly to resolve the stalemate.
The Workers Union and KPA want the CBA which outlines a 10% increment to the workers’ basic salary, to be effected in two years by a formular of 6% payable in the first year, and 4% in the subsequent year.
The SRC, has however withheld approval of this agreement, arguing that the initial Agreement; as per the Commission’s advice, was to be effected in a span of four (4) years at a standard rate of 2.5% annually.
The SRC told the Committee that the two-year deal that the KPA and FKE Were fronting to the commission, was an after-thought and in contravention of the provisions of Articles 230 (4) (b) and 259 (11) of the Constitution which outlines the SRC’s advisory role on CBAs.