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Meru council workers strike over salary arrears dating back to 1993

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY KIRIMI MURITHI

More than 100 Municipal Council workers have gone on strike over salary arrears. The workers are demanding salary arrears arising from an unimplemented Collective Bargaining Agreement dating back to 1993.

The employees said the council had not paid the dues amounting to Sh17 million.
They claimed they had been asking the council management to pay them, but it had refused.

The workers said they will not resume work until they are paid. They had served the council with a seven-day-notice which they expired yesterday. The workers camped outside the Meru Town Hall.

“We are not going to our work stations until our demands are met,” said one of the workers. In their grievances, they had also raised concern over failure by the council to issue them with new uniforms for over six years and claims for weekend payments.

But in a quick rejoinder the council's Chairman of the Local Government Workers Union, Lawrence Manyara said the talks with the Ministry of Local Government were at an advanced stage.

“Already, Sh 13 million of the Sh. 30 million collective bargaining agreement arrears has been paid to the workers. The council has written to the minister of the relevant ministry and we are waiting for a feedback from the minister. We hope that that the ministry will give us some money to pay the workers,” said Mr Manyara.