NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30 – The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has said it will not alter the packages of all county government officials until a job reevaluation exercise, slated for October, proves that they deserve a hike.
SRC Chairperson Sarah Serem told journalists on Monday that the exercise would run for about three weeks and by November 30 all County workers would know whether or not they will get a pay rise.
She explained that Governors, Deputy Governors, County Executive Members, County Secretaries, Chairs, Secretaries, County Assembly Members, Public Service Boards and County Speakers would all be targeted in the job reevaluation exercise.
County Assembly members have been drawing a monthly salary of Sh79,200 but they also get generous allowances including a Sh3,000 allowance per sitting.
At the end of the day, they take home more than Sh200,000 per month.
“Assuming that they sit for all the eight meetings each week, they will have sat for 32 meetings per month which amounts to Sh96,000. And we also introduced a transport allowance of Sh20,000 and airtime worth Sh5,000 per month,” she revealed.
Serem at the same time dismissed County Representatives who are boycotting work over pay concerns saying it is pointless.
She argued that they should be working towards ensuring that their Counties generate enough revenue other than concentrating on their own individual pay hikes.
She challenged them to look at their respective Counties as business centres which must generate revenue in order to take care of expenses like salaries.
“When Members of the County Assemblies down their tools I wonder because SRC is not their employer. If they are downing their tools I think they should speak to those that elected them as their employer,” she argued.
“It is not possible to determine salaries when you are out there.”
The reevaluation exercise will enable the SRC to know the challenges faced by the County Assemblies while discharging their mandates.
SRC plans to spend three weeks in field work and a further two weeks analysing the data collected. It will also hold stakeholder consultations before making a decision.
“The information we gather will help address critical issues pertaining to work conditions which are usually not addressed by the job evaluation,” she said.