Senate faults move to freeze employment of civil servants on permanent basis – KBC

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The announcement by the government to freeze employment of civil servants on permanent and pensionable employment from July 1st in a radical policy to reform the public service has been termed as hasty and not well grounded by senators.

The senators say the issue of Wage Bill should be looked holistically as ad hoc decisions will not help the country in addressing the matter.

They also want the process to be anchored in law as proceeding on with the matter will be an affront to labour laws and the constitution.

They said the wage bill challenge that is currently facing the country is as a result of lack of evaluation of the productivity of civil servants.

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The senators, however, cautioned the Public Service Commission against using the process to mistreat or humiliate civil servants.

The Senate Standing Committee on Labour chaired by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has given an undertaking address the matter.

The Public Service Commission said new staff will henceforth be hired on a three-year contract. Under the policy shift, new employees will be put on the three-year contract with clearly defined performance targets that must be met before such a contract is renewed.

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