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Economy & Politics

City Hall employees strike over unpaid April salaries

County executive for finance Gregory Mwakanogo said that they had secured the advance following negotiations with the Treasury. FILE PHOTO | NMG
County executive for finance Gregory Mwakanogo said that they had secured the advance following negotiations with the Treasury. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Operations at City Hall were Wednesday paralysed after hundreds of county workers went on strike to demand their salaries.

The employees picketed outside the City Hall while chanting slogans.

There were heaps of uncollected garbage outside City Hall Annex, indicating that cleaners were among those who had boycotted work.

This came after the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) transferred Sh1 billion from the county government’s account to the taxman to cater for arrears, making it difficult to pay April salaries for its 13,000 workers.

Kenya County Workers Union secretary-general Bernard Inyangala said employees in the parking and licensing departments and at City Mortuary participated in the industrial action.

Doctors and nurses, Mr Inyangala said, would join the industrial action on Thursday.

“We are demanding April salaries. As a union we are left with no option but to picket,” he said.

But County Secretary Robert Ayisi described the picketing as “illegal and pointless”.

On Tuesday, Dr Ayisi said City Hall had received an advance of Sh1.02 billion from the Treasury to pay the workers’ April salaries.

He said on Wednesday that the money had been remitted to Co-operative Bank #ticker:COOP.

“Staff who have accounts in Co-operative Bank and Nacico will receive their salaries today in their bank accounts while those in other banks will receive theirs tomorrow,” he said.

Dr Ayisi urged the striking workers to go back to work, saying “there is no cause for alarm and unnecessary picketing”.

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