The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Laikipia Workers to Strike Over Pay

About 600 employees of the Laikipia government have threatened to go on strike this week if they are not paid their salary arrears.

The arrears amounting to Sh131 million are owed to workers of the four now defunct local authorities, who were seconded to the county government. Last week, the officials met with the affected workers in Nyahururu and resolved to take industrial action against the county government.

The defunct local authorities include Nanyuki and Nyahururu municipal councils, Laikipia county council and Rumuruti town council.

Workers from the defunct Nyahururu municipal council are demanding the highest amount of Sh50 million.

Kenya County Government Workers Union officials yesterday said the arrears are for the years 1993, 2010 and 2012.

They said negotiations with the county government for the last one-and-a-half years have not been not fruitful.

"The governor (Joshua Irungu) pledged that the money would be paid by July last year but that is yet to happen. They are giving us false promises," said the union's Mt Kenya region executive member Charles Muhanji. He said many workers have either died or retired without their arrears being paid.

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