, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) plans to launch the public sector remuneration and benefits policy in a month’s time.
The commission’s chairperson Sarah Serem says the policy aims at guiding policy decisions with regard to salaries and benefits as well as providing a holistic and strategic roadmap and actions that will enable the country develop an effective public sector remuneration and benefits system.
“We are seeking a fully transparent, fair and equitable public sector remuneration and benefits system and productivity and performance related pay that is the dominant component of the remuneration and benefits package for public service employment,” she said.
Serem says the commission is engaging stakeholders to validate the draft policy as they seek a sustainable and affordable wage bill for the country.
She says the contents of the draft policy are derived from the Kenyan public after a month long participation with stakeholders that include trade unions and public sector employees among others.
Members of an inter-agency task force representing key stakeholders collaborated with a consultant in developing the draft policy framework form which the policy was derived.
“The implementation for this policy will result in a public sector remuneration and benefits system that ensures the public sector attracts and retains the requisite skills, promotes productivity and performance, is fair and equitable and supports career and professional development. To ensure this happens, strong collaboration and support of all the stakeholders including the trade unions and the various service commissions is desired. As we embark on this exercise of validating the policy I urge you to critically review it to ensure that we do not end up with painful policy mistakes,” she said.
The validation exercise begun on Monday and ends on Wednesday.
She says the policy does not rule out that trade unions can negotiate for Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) with their employers.
“The employers can then come to us, so as we see whether it’s practical in the financial year to review salaries,” she said.