Respect Role Of Supply Chain Workers In Counties, Governors Told

Written By Monica Makali || 

Employees representing workers in County Government Supply Chains in Electricity, Water, and Waste Services have urged counties to adopt policies and practices recognize the role of all workers in Kenya’s municipal waste service sector.

Workers in this department have endured the harshest working conditions, with high incidences of health and safety risks, accidents, poisoning, injuries, occupational diseases, contamination, and stress, according to their deputy General Secretary County Government Workers Union Dr. John Ndunda.

The workers under umbrellas of; County Government Workers Union-Kenya (COGWU-K), Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS), Kenya Food and Allied Workers Union (KUCFAW) and Kenya Electrical Trade and Allied Workers Union (KETAWU) trade unions affiliated to Public Services International (PSI) want county governments to provide them with adequate protection material and training..

Violence at work, harassment, inequality and discrimination, especially suffered by women waste workers has been the norm with people undermining their job yet they have been very fundamental in management of waste services.

According to Ndunda, lack of recognition of waste workers’ trade unions and active employer opposition to the fundamental human rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining, widespread prejudice and stigma by service users.

However Machakos County governor Wavinya Ndeti has assured that she’ll push for adoption of policies and practices that will adequately acknowledge, recognize and value their fundamental role.

In a speech read by Machakos lands CEC Philip Kilonzo, the governor also revealed that plans are underway to identify a specific day dedicated to cleaning activities in the county.

Machakos Chief Of Staff Lawrence Ngovi was shocked that waste workers in the county have not been receiving vaccination revealing that the county will allocate about seven million shillings for the exercise come January 2023.