Public servants have announced peaceful processions to Parliament scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2023.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU), Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU), and Kenya Union Of Domestic Hotels Educational Institutions Hospitals and Allied Workers (Kudheiha) among other public union members will march to the National assembly in protest against what they termed over taxation.
In a notice, the procession will begin at 8:00 am in the morning with protestors being asked to assemble at the University of Nairobi Chancellor's Court.
The levy seeks to tax 3 per cent of workers' monthly basic salary to fund Ruto's affordable housing project.
They said they are concerned that a decision of such magnitude is being made without any engagement with workers as stakeholders and is in total violation of Section 26(2) of the Employment Act, 2007.
“As unions, we condemn in the strongest terms the heartless, insensitive, and cavalier manner in which the Government is proposing to impose a housing levy without any commensurate increment in workers' emoluments. We demand the immediate reversal of the levy,” KUSU Secretary General Charles Mukhwaya stated.
“As stakeholders in the labour movement, we will soon decide on the way forward on the continuous Government’s insensitivity to the plight of workers, especially in the public service."