Kigali—Rwandan civil servants today join the world to celebrate Labour Day as government talks of civil servant retrenchment heightens.
The Minister of Labour and Public service Andre Bumaya recently
announced the government's decision to slash jobs at least by 40
percent. Bumaya however, said that the government was planning a
farewell package for those who will be
Meanwhile, hundreds of civil servants under CESTRAR, an umbrella organization of 18 workers' associations have met to discuss the government's plan to cut jobs.
At the meeting, the workers decided to set up a committee to handle
and oversee all activities concerning the retrenchment of civil
servants. The workers are also petitioning President Kagame who, they
has the power to reverse the retrenchment decision.
The workers also considered demonstrations if all their efforts proved fruitless.
Martin Kamalade, who represented CESTRAR at the meeting, criticized
the government for
failure to paying attention to civil servants
even when they are still earning meager salaries that do not suit the
living standards of Rwanda.
Damascene Paul, a civil servant in one of the Ministries here told Sunday Monitor that the process of retrenchment should be given more time.
For Beatrice Niyonsaba, the retrenchment process is