City hall workers issue strike threat over Sh18bn debt

September 4, 2017 9:45 am
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Olianga was, however, sceptical Governor Sonko will be able to fulfil his pledge to pay the workers by Monday, saying the county is facing a financial crisis/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 4 – Nairobi County Government workers have given City Hall until Wednesday to clear a Sh18 billion debt the county owes them in unpaid statutory deductions and last month’s salary.

Nairobi branch County Government Workers Union Secretary General Benson Olianga said the former government owes the workers Sh11 billion for Laptrust, Sh6 billion for Lapfund, over Sh500,000 in penalties for NHIF and NSSF deductions and Sh1.2 billion for salaries.

He said the union will issue a notice of strike on Thursday if they are not paid.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko said in a statement that a meeting with the union officials last week was fruitful and he would fast track the payments owed to the workers.

The Governor said he will improve working conditions and change terms of service that have greatly demoralised the staff, affecting service delivery.

He said that the county government will implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement and ensure timely payment of salaries.

Sonko added he will undertake a comprehensive human resource audit to fast track promotions and salary reviews.

Olianga was, however, sceptical Governor Sonko will be able to fulfil his pledge to pay the workers by Monday, saying the county is facing a financial crisis.

He said that the governor had promised small traders not to tax them during his campaigns resulting in low flow of cash.

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