Normal operations resume at City Hall after workers call off strike

Tuesday, May 30th, 2023 14:23 | By
Services resume at City Hall after workers call off strike
Nairobi City Hall. PHOTO/File

Normal services have resumed at City Hall after striking workers reached an agreement with the Nairobi County government to end the standoff that had seen services paralyzed on Monday.

Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU) reached a deal with the county government of Nairobi over a number of grievances that prompted strike action by the employees on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.

The union has been protesting the failure of the county government to implement a July 1, 2021, collective Bargaining Agreement. During the meeting held at City Hall between the union and county government to find an agreement over issues in contention, the county government however disclosed that it has already made necessary budgetary allocations for the CBA in question.

In the deal, the county agreed to address the issue of non-payment of allowances, overtime, imprest, medical refunds, and per diems.

“Payments pending COB of Kshs.120 m – staff allowances, and Ksh 80 m for retirees to be effected with 7-14 days subject to approval,” the signed agreement read.

On the issue of promotions and redesignation, the county officials disclosed that the County Public Service Board has already created a schedule that indicates that all will be effected from next month.

The county further undertook to ensure that all unremitted third-party deductions have been settled by July this year upon submission of audit findings by the director of an internal audit and subject to approval by the controller of budget.

The workers had also complained about the alleged failure to refund illegally deducted PAYE from some of the workers and the county confirmed that the payments will be effected within the next 7 to 14 days.

In the agreement, the County Public Service Board is also expected to address the issue of staff shortage in the next financial year.

Over and above these, the county government has promised to address all issues raised concerning noise, dust, access, and the state of ablution units.

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