ATWOLI left licking his wounds as RUTO’s government orders all private security companies to stop contributing money to COTU

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - The Central Organisation for Trade Unions (COTU) has suffered a huge blow after President William Ruto’s government ordered all private security companies to stop contributing to the union effective immediately.

The bad news was delivered by Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA).

In a statement, PSRA CEO Fazul Mahamed noted that all private companies will be required to cease their contributions with the order taking effect immediately.

PSRA explained that Francis Atwoli-led COTU has failed in its mandate of advocating for the rights of the security workers despite their significant membership and contributions.

“Regrettably, notwithstanding their significant financial contributions, COTU has not lived up to its mandate and has persistently disregarded, declined, and/or neglected to advocate for their rights,” read the statement in part.

Additionally, the Authority faulted COTU for its failure to ensure that the private security workers received a minimum wage as earlier proposed.

According to Fazul, each of the workers is deducted a fee ranging from Ksh150 to Ksh620 depending on their salary range.

The regulatory authority has also stated that they have instituted an investigation into the collection and use of all the finances that have been deducted from the security workers.

PSRA, therefore averred that its preliminary investigations showed that its members had made contributions amounting to billions of shillings to the union.

Moreover, PSRA warned private security firms that any organisation, heading into the future, found culpable of violating this directive risked having their license revoked.

“Any private security company that continues to deduct and remit the said fees to the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU), SHALL be subjected to a statutory review of its registration and licensing status in accordance with Section 32 of the Act,” explained PSRA.


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