Civic workers in Kenyan capital get reprieve

February 25, 2010 12:00 am

, \"\"NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – The High Court has extended time needed by Nairobi City Council to undertake a headcount meant to weed out ghost workers.

The High Court on Thursday allowed employees more time to submit crucial documents needed during the exercise.

Justice Kalpana Rawal made the decision after lawyers representing the Kenya Local Government Workers Union and the City Council of Nairobi entered consent and agreed that the period required by the employees to produce the documents by March 12 be extended.

Justice Rawal gave the employees 30 more days to enable them produce birth certificates, national ID cards or passports, and National Social Security Fund cards.

Other documents needed are National Health Insurance Fund cards, latest pay slips and employee numbers.

The workers are also required to produce certificates for academic and professional qualifications and letter of appointment to the council.

The judge also allowed the council to challenge the suit filed by KLGWU which is seeking an order to declare the exercise which kicked off on Monday as illegal and discriminatory to council employees.

The matter will be mentioned on March 18.

The workers union is disputing the headcount on grounds that the council gave short notice to its employees.

The KLGWU argues that conditions set by the council are unrealistic and too many, and adds that some employees might not meet them and lose their jobs.

The council has opposed the suit saying it is an abuse of the court process and that an order seeking to stop the exercise has been overtaken by events.

The exercise is being conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and is expected to give a report in 21 days.

On Wednesday, Town Clerk Phillip Kisia said that 20 percent of council employees have been counted in the last two days.


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