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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nairobi county staff down tools over unpaid Sh1.3bn salaries

Nairobi workers during their demonstration  at City Hall over non-payment of June salaries, July 17, 2017. /JULIUS OTIENO
Nairobi workers during their demonstration at City Hall over non-payment of June salaries, July 17, 2017. /JULIUS OTIENO

Nairobi county workers have downed their tools over unpaid June salaries amounting to Sh1.3 billion .

The 13,000 workers, who are members of the Kenya County Government Workers Union, held protests outside City Hall.

KCGWU branch secretary Boniface Waweru said they have not been paid despite last week's assurance by city bosses.

They were promised payment last Friday following a strike notice they issued on Tuesday that week.

"We have families to take care of. Why is the county punishing us? We want our money now," Waweru said.

In a notice to the workers last Monday, county secretary Robert Ayisi said June salaries would delay.

Ayisi said this is because the Controller of Budget has not approved disbursement of funds.

He also cited end of year stock-taking as another reason for the non-payment.

Cases of delays in Nairobi workers' salaries were also reported in January and April.

Read: Nairobi county workers to strike Wednesday over delayed salaries

Also read: 13,000 Nairobi workers issue fresh strike notice over delayed pay, promotions


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