Showdown as COTU, PUSETU differ in Mombasa Labour day celebrations.

Showdown as COTU, PUSETU differ in Mombasa Labour day celebrations.

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Officials of the new Federation of Public Service Trade Unions of Kenya (PUSETU) caused a stir after they were denied a chance to address the public during celebrations to mark Labour Day at the Mombasa county stadium on Thursday.

COTU and PUSETU have been at logger-heads over which organization is superior, with the latter, which was recently formed, accusing the Francis Atwoli-led COTU of lacking internal democracy and structures to serve Kenyan workers.

COTU on the other hand has termed PUSETU’s formation as illegal, and bend on sabotaging its activities.

“If you cannot allow your fellow a chance to speak, yet we are all in Mombasa, how do you expect us to work? That was very wrong,” Benedicta Koki, a PUSETU official told journalists on the sidelines of the celebrations.

Simon Sang, secretary general of the Dock Workers Union, and member of PUSETU, said they would launch an exercise to recruit all workers within Mombasa County into PUSETU.

“Between now and June, we will declare Mombasa a PUSETU zone,” Sang said.

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