, NAIROBI, Kenya May 1 – Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli is urging employers to stop outsourcing staff whenever they are employing because the system does not offer job security.
Atwoli said every Kenyan is comfortable working on permanent and pensionable terms, as opposed to the outsourcing system which does not offer them water-tight contracts.
“This business of outsourcing employees must stop,” Atwoli said, “There is no job security at all for the workers and we want the government to intervene and fight this with us.”
Most blue chip companies lately prefer to outsource staff from agencies, a move Atwoli wants stopped.
“Descent work syncronises the deliverables as a cross cutting aspect of any establishment as opposed to outsourcing which demeans one’s status in life since it is an open and indirect form of slavery because those outsourced workers are not known to anybody including the person employing them and they are not allowed to have any form of contract or identity with their employer,” he said.
Atwoli cited the recent incident in Nakuru where two technicians outsourced by Kenya Power were electrocuted, saying their families will find it difficult getting compensation. One of the technicians succumbed to injuries at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).