, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 — The County Government of Machakos was on Monday restrained from terminating the employment of over 340 workers.
“The notice issued to the employees working as inspectorate enforcement officers should not acted upon,” the court said.
Employment and Labour Relations Court judge Monica Mbaru issued the restraining order following an application by the aggrieved staffs’ union, Kenya County Government Workers Union.
The judge said that until the issues raised by the workers through their lawyer Brian Otieno are heard, the county government should not remove the applicants from their work station.
The lawyer told the court the county government of Machakos issued a notice to the workers on March 9, directing them not to report to their respective work station.
“The action by the county Government is meant to violate the rights of the workers whom it duly recruited in 2013,” he said.
Otieno did submit to the court, that the directive given to the employees is punitive given that they have all served for four years in the county.
He said the notice has now caused the County Service Board to place an advert in the local daily inviting new applicants.
“It’s in the interest of justice that the aggrieved workers ought to be given an opportunity to be heard as provided for in the constitution” the lawyer said.