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Nairobi City Hall workers threaten strike over unpaid salaries

Workers at the Nairobi City Hall are threatening to go on strike over unpaid July and August salaries.

The workers, through their union, gave the national treasury seven days to clear the bills, failure of which they would down their tools.

NMS taking all the attention

The workers union said that the Treasury was giving more attention to the NMS project at the expense of the county government.

Boniface Waweru, SG for the Nairobi Branch of Kenya County Government Workers’ Union, called on the Treasury to clear the arrears as the senate debates on county funds allocation continues.

Seven-day ultimatum

“If our demands are not met, we hereby issue a seven-day notice to paralyse all services in Nairobi and parade our members at City Hall and National Treasury until all our demands are met,” Waweru told journalists.

City Hall, through acting County Secretary, Justus Kang’ethe, had announced last week that the payments would delay due to the Treasury having not released any funds.

Half of the county staff now under NMS

Nairobi City County has over 12,000 county workers. However, 6,852 were transferred to the NMS. Now, the body is seeking to be in charge of the payroll of the staff.

The Union, though, has asked the NMS to stay away from their payroll.

President kenyatta formed the Nairobi Metropolitan Services to help in running of Nairobi County.

Illegal transfer of power

However, the High Court declared the transfer of power from the County government to the NMS as illegal. The Labour Relations Court also declared transfer of workers to NMS as illegal.

And the worker’s Union stated that that meant that it could not take over the payroll of staff.

Waweru stated that transfer of the payroll would only cause distortion, inconsistencies and the loss of benefits to members.

So far, Nairobi County Public Service Board is the legitimate employer of all staff of the County government.

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