23 January 2013

Kenya: Mumias Council Workers Strike Over Delayed Pay

MUMIAS Council has seen more than 130 workers strike over unpaid wedges. The employees are demanding pay increment arising from Collective Bargaining Agreement signed on 12th October last year.

Led by Mumias branch Kenya Local Government Workers Union chairman Ibrahim Keya and his secretary general Henry Washiswa, the workers said they have been pushing the government to implement the arrears but it had refused.

"We served the council with a seven day notice which expired on Thursday last week, but the management failed to address it prompting us to down our tools" said Keya, the union chairman. The workers accuse the Local Government minister Paul Otuoma of refusing to sign the CBA to award them pay increase.

"When Mudavadi was the minister for Local government, he refused to sign the agreement and went ahead and took away our arrears for six months. Kombo rejected the CBA and the matter had to be solved in court" noted Washiswa adding that Uhuru Kenyatta signed the agreement without any problem.

Addressing press outside the town hall yesterday, union secretary Henry Washiswa said the workers will not resume to duty until their demands are met.

"The lowest paid worker in scale 18 will now earn between shs10,000 and shs14,000 while the highest scale 3 workers will take home between shs15,000 and shs20,000 more if the CBA is honoured" Washiswa stated.

According to the clerk to the council Joshua Kutekha, the local authority which generates over shs 200,000 per day has lost more than shs 12 million in the last six days. They have asked the government to push for implementation of the agreement to enable them return to work.

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