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Nairobi county workers call off strike after deal between union, City Hall

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Nairobi County Executive Boroughs and Administration, Ibrahim Auma (c) flanked by Ag. County Secretary Patrick Analo (r) hands over a copy of the signed CBA agreement document calling off strike by members of Staff and City branch to Festus Ngare, Secretary Staff Branch. The meeting took place in City hall.

All Nairobi County Government employees who had downed their tools were on Tuesday morning asked to resume duty immediately.

This is after the Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU) reached a deal with the county government of Nairobi over a number of grievances that prompted strike action by the employees.

The union has been protesting the failure of the county government to implement a July 1, 2021, collective Bargaining Agreement. During the meeting held at City Hall between the union and county government to find an agreement over issues in contention, the county government however disclosed that it has already made necessary budgetary allocations for the CBA in question.

In the deal, the county agreed to address the issue of non-payment of allowances, overtime, imprest, medical refunds, and per diems.

“Payments pending COB of Kshs.120 m – staff allowances, and Ksh 80 m for retirees to be effected with 7-14 days subject to approval,” the signed agreement read

On the issue of promotions and redesignation, the county officials disclosed that the County Public Service Board has already created a schedule that indicates that all will be effected from next month.

The county further undertook to ensure that all unremitted third-party deductions have been settled by July this year upon submission of audit findings by the director of internal audit and subject to approval by the controller of budget.

The workers had also complained about the alleged failure to refund illegally deducted PAYE from some of the workers and the county confirmed that the payments will be effected within the next 7 to 14 days.

In the agreement, the County Public Service Board is also expected to address the issue of staff shortage in the next financial year.

Over and above these, the county government has promised to address all issues raised concerning noise, dust, access, and the state of ablution units.