Workers’ pay plan vital

Arguments by Central Organisation of Trade Unions’ Francis Atwoli against the idea of paying civil servants in accordance with their contribution have no merit in the modern work place.

Mr Atwoli has argued that civil servants render “national services which can’t be measured” in terms of productivity and that performance management can only be applied in the factory.

The idea of pay-for-performance is commonplace in the private sector. Every employee is given a job target at the start of the year, which is measured as the year progresses.

The employee’s pay is adjusted according to how well they have measured up to the employer’s expectations.

Ideas and practices of this nature might look to a trade unionist as oppressive, but they help organisations meet their objectives and ensure that each employee contributes and is rewarded in accordance to that contribution.

The civil service has within its ranks workers who are competent and committed and give service to the nation.

It also has many joy riders who hide in the crowd and contribute very little.

A pay-for-performance system is important to smoke out those who are not doing much so that they can either be forced to work or released to the job market.

Cotu should review its opposition to the plan.