Kenya is sliding towards a recurrent costs crisis and taxpayers will suffer
Clearly, grievances over inequalities in public sector wages and salaries run deep.
The grievances are fed every other day by newspaper articles on frequent raises in salaries and allowances for MPs, big perks for members of constitutional commissions, and even huger salaries to PSs and judges.
The disclosures about corruption in government, tenderpreneurship and wasteful spending by ministries have served to entrench these feelings of discrimination and alienation within the civil service.
That is why, when you tell teachers, lecturers, and doctors that you have no money to pay them, they won’t believe you.
As a start, the government should announce a moratorium on salary increases in the upper echelons of the civil service bureaucracy. And, going forward, we should align the period for wage negotiation within the budget cycle.
In that way, the Treasury will not approach negotiations with the inflexibility it has displayed during the just-concluded negotiations.
I don’t agree with those who view the recent strikes as reflecting a return of worker militancy in the public sector.