Nairobi County Government yesterday interdicted more than 500 employees, for allegedly taking part in an unlawful strike.
Also suspended were the union members who included the Kenya County Government Workers Union Nairobi County branch chairman Benson Olianga, who on Wednesday evening was said to be making frantic efforts to meet Governor Evans Kidero for a truce after a warrant of arrest was issued for defying the court order stopping the strike.
The KCGWU secretary general Festus Ngare confirmed yesterday that he had received a 'show cause letter' but he remained defiant that their demonstrations were legal.
Ngare claimed that they had not been served officially by the court order by Industrial Court judge Maureen Onyango, adding that he was shocked to read in the press that they had gone into hiding.
The workers went on strike last Tuesday in order to compel the county government to implement a CBA dated September 1, last year. But according to the county government, it was not party to the pact.
It told Justice Onyango that the revenue it collects from the city was not sufficient to implement the CBA or subsidies the operational costs of services.
"The bargaining agreement was entered into by the workers and the national government, and the county government was neither a party nor can it legally implement it," submitted City Hall's lawyer Tom Ojienda.
The case will be heard on September 9.
Ngare remained defiant yesterday, saying the "peaceful procession and assembly will continue as guaranteed by the Constitution of Kenya, Article 41."
City Hall has also advertised for "Invitation to Bids for Street and other Open Spaces Cleansing and Waste Removal in the CBD," which was seen by analysts as a stop gap measure to reign in the striking workers.
"The court order was very clear that failure to turn up for work could lead to summary dismissal and we have just started taking stock of the employees who did not report to work and the fist batch of 500 has been suspended, including the union officials," the Interim County Secretary Lillian Ndegwa said yesterday.
She added that City Hall was striving to get the best value for their money engaging private contractors and youth groups to facilitate in the cleaning of the city.