, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 20 – The Federation of Public Service Trade Unions (PUSETU) now says that the move by the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) to book all the venues ahead of the Labour Day celebrations is inconsequential.
Speaking to Capital FM News, Vice -Chairman Sammy Kubasu indicated that Labour Day is not a COTU affair and that they will still be present during the occasion.
Kubasu further emphasised the need for the day not to be perceived as a war between COTU and PUSETU and that there should be full public participation.
“They say that they have secured all the venues but let me tell you that they are all open to the public and I can assure you that we as PUSETU will fully participate in the Labour Day celebrations,” he stated.
He observed that the unions were as different as the moon and sun since PUSETU is concerned about public section while COTU focuses mainly on the private sector.
“These two unions represent entirely different sectors and as such, rather than trying to break up each other, what should be encouraged is unity so that we look after the interests of all Kenyans,” he said. “We are not a military force and we are not going to fight because we are peace loving Kenyans.”
COTU had stated that it had secured venues in most towns in the country in readiness for Labour Day celebrations, in a move aimed at locking out PUSETU.
“PUSETU has been already been launched. We want to hit the road running so that we can improve the welfare of workers. We do not want to be drawn into a tag of war which will in the end undermine the work we are doing,” he stated.