KBC strikes deal with union, ends strike

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Striking Kenya Broadcasting Corporation workers have agreed to return to work after the Corporation and the Communication Workers Union of Kenya (COWU) signed a deal and a return to work formula.

This means the end of a two day strike that had seen a number of services paralyzed after a section of KBC staff who are members of the Communication Workers Union (COWU) went on strike since early Wednesday over the pay increment matter.

The signing of the return to work formula at the end of the second day of the strike means the workers resume normal duties s effective Friday 5th August.

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The announcement came after negotiations between the union and management which were pegged on an approval by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission SRC on a collective bargaining agreement concluded on 27th June 2017-the bone of contention that caused the strike.

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“On 14th June, 2017, COWU issued a strike notice, but the Corporation sought redress from the Ministry of East African Community (EAC), Labour and Social Protection, and the parties were advised to dialogue and seek guidance on implementation from Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the Treasury,” said the Managing Director.

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The KBC had reached deal with the union late Wednesday but needed final advice from SRC on the CBA’s implementation.

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Speaking after the signing of the deal, KBC Managing Director Mr. Waithaka Waihenya thanked the staff for their cooperation during the negotiations and looked forward to the resumption of normal operations at broadcasting house.

“We thank staff for their patience and for ensuring that our broadcasts were not unduly disrupted during the strike. We also thank our audience for their understanding.’ He said in a statement.

 

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