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City staff threaten to strike over pay

Nairobi City County government workers have threatened to go on strike on Monday over their delayed June salary. The workers through the Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU) branch secretary Benson Olianga and Nairobi Staff branch Boniface Waweru dismissed pleas by the County government secretary Robert Ayisi not to disrupt services as the matter is being addressed.

In a letter to the union seen by the People Daily, the county secretary said Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) had frozen City Hall accounts over non-remittance of Pay As You Earn (PAYE).

Dr Ayisi, however, promised the 13,000 employees that their pay will be released tomorrow. “We are exploring all avenues to pay the salary by Friday (tomorrw). Your understanding on the same will be highly appreciated,” he said. But Waweru insists workers will picket on Monday terming Ayisi’s request unacceptable.

“We have noted that payment of salaries as enshrined in labour practice and laws has become a thorn in the flesh of workers,” a reply to the county secretary said.

Waweru termed the continued delay to pay salaries and diversion of member’s deduction as disregard to the contractual agreement. In May, the Central Bank at the request of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) transferred Sh1.2billion to clear part of the Sh3 billion the county government owes.

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