20 May 2012

Kenya: Private Security Guards Threaten to Strike Over Salary Review

PRIVATE security guards have threatened to strike if the task force set up by the Ministry of Labour to collect their views fails to implement it to the letter.

The guards' organisation has questioned the manner in which the board elected by the Labour ministry is conducting investigations into their grievances.

Speaking to the press in Eldoret, Kenya National Security Workers Union general secretary Isaac Wandabwa said the committee was supposed to team up with his board to carry out the investigations. He said the task force officials are doing the work independently.

Wandabwa said his organization has embarked on a fact-finding mission in major towns like Kakamega, Eldoret, Kitale and Kisumu to collect views from all people and then compare the report with the one from the Ministry of Labour.

"I vow that if the report of the board does not reflect the current situation facing guards then we will go on countrywide strike to so that the government can fast -track a bill seeking to regulate the sector and its operations," said Andabwa.

The Kenya Private Security Industry Regulation Bill 2010 outlines a raft of measures to be taken in reforming the security sector has been pending in parliament for the last two years.

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