Nairobi county workers have downed their tools in protest over Governor Mike Sonko’s failure to implement the 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The CBA, signed during former governor Evans Kidero’s term, increased the workers’ pay by 15 per cent. The county wage bill currently stands at Sh1.2 billion per month.
If fully implemented, workers would get a 15 to 28 per cent salary increment.
Kenya County Government Workers Union Nairobi branch chairman Benson Oliang‘a said More than 13,000 will be assembling at City Hall everyday until the CBA is fully implemented.
Governor Sonko who later addressed the workers outside City hall said funds were available noting that few legal hiccups were delaying the implementation.
He particularly took issue with Salary and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the treasury for failing to fast track the issue.
The Governor noted that he was fully behind the workers and nobody will be victimized for downing tools.
He called on the workers to be patient as his office was willing to implement the CBA.
Sonko commended the workers for being peaceful while demanding for their perks.
The Governor said he was taking corruption war at City hall to the highest level and ensure more revenue collections which will go towards service delivery
The CBA is divided into two, monetary and non-monetary terms which will see workers also benefit from other perks like leave allowances, medical cover and other related perks.
The Nairobi branch secretary Benson Oriaro, in a letter dated February 4, 2019, issued the strike notice to the county government.
“Due to non-compliance and by disowning your own promise vide letter ref: 12/2018 dates December 13, 2018, to implement in January we, hereby, invoke Section 18 of the Employment Act 20007, to parade the entire Nairobi county government workforce at City Hall beginning February 12, 2019, to demand full implementation as registered,” read the letter.
Last year in December, City Hall promised to implement a 15 per cent pay hike deal struck between the county government and the workers union in May 2017 which was later registered in September 2018.