The Star (Nairobi)

28 January 2013

Kenya: Workers Back At Kitale, Nzoia Councils

Workers at Kitale Municipality and Nzoia County Council have gone back to work, putting an end to their six day strike.

Speaking to the Star at the weekend, Local Authorities Worker's Union secretary Eliud Nabiimba said the decision was made after the matter went to court.

"We have decided to go back to work as we allow the court to do its work. We will wait for what decision the court takes as this will provide the way forward," he said.

Last week, the workers of the two councils held a joint strike over failure by local government minister Paul Otuoma to approve their collective bargaining agreement.

Under the Collective bargaining agreement, workers at the local authorities are set to receive a 60 per cent salary increment upon approval by government.

Both Kitale municipal council and Nzoia County council have almost 1000 workers and the strike paralysed activities in the towns. Both councils made losses due to diminished revenue collection and the towns became dirty as garbage lay uncollected for several days.

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