Politics and policy

Eldoret loses Sh1m daily as workers stay away

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By OUMA WANZALA

Posted  Wednesday, January 23  2013 at  20:37

In Summary

  • Town Clerk Stanslous Ondimu called for a resolution of the dispute, saying the loss of revenue could affect the council’s activities, including garbage collection.
  • The nationwide strike was called off Wednesday.

The Eldoret Municipal Council has lost about Sh4 million in revenue since its workers went on strike last week to press for the implementation of better terms agreed two years ago.

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Town Clerk Stanslous Ondimu called for a resolution of the dispute, saying the loss of revenue could affect the council’s activities, including garbage collection.

“We are losing about Sh1 million daily because our workers are not at hand to collect revenue. We hope this crisis will be resolved so that we can move on and have a clean town,” said Mr Ondimu.

Heaps of garbage were strewn all over town, forcing the hotels to collect their own refuse.

Traders have been having a field day while motorists have not been paying parking fees.

The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) also called for an end to the strike called by the Local Government Workers Union, saying the CBA was being processed by the Ministry of Local Government in consultation with other institutions.

“The implementation of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) comes after registration in the Industrial Court. The fact is that the new CBA is yet to be registered,” FKE executive director Jacqueline Mugo said in a statement.

She said there was enough time for dialogue because the new CBA, which awarded workers a 60 per cent increase in salaries, was to be implemented from March 1, this year.

Mrs Mugo said with political campaigns in full-gear, criminals could hijack the protests to cause chaos and destruction.

Local Government minister Paul Otuoma has ruled out implementing the CBA, saying no money was allocated for it in the Budget.

“I will only act on the CBA once I have been accordingly advised by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission,” Dr Otuoma said.

The nationwide strike was called off Wednesday.