County employees threaten to strike over salary delays
02 February 2015, 11:54
Nakuru - A crisis is looming in Nakuru County after more than 5 000 employees threatened to strike over salary delays.
In a statement issued to the press, the Kenya County Governments Workers Union Nakuru secretary, John Ndunda said the workers will down their tools if their concerns are not addressed.
“The workers have not been paid due to a stand-off between the County executive and the County assembly. All County employees will go on strike as from February 4, if the dues are not paid,” said Ndunda.
Ndunda said the employees were going through difficult time due to the unnecessary salary delays.
The circular copied to Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and KCGWU secretary general, Hon Roba Duba came a day after Nakuru County was ranked in a report by the Commission of Revenue Allocation as one of the 27 counties facing a cash crisis after exhausting its budget.
According to the report, "Nakuru County has exhausted the 50 percent allocation, has not yet paid workers their January salaries and was unable to undertake its operations.”
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It further said that the County assembly has no plans to mitigate the looming financial crisis as it refused to adhere to the prescribed ceilings.
The CRA's move now effectively bars the affected counties from accessing funds for the remainder of the 2014/2015 financial year, putting on hold the administrative and development functions.
However, County public service board member in charge of Administration, Finance and ICT, Peter Mbae allayed fears of further delays and assured the employees that the County was dealing with the matter.
Members of the County assembly who spoke to News24 however accused the Speaker and the Majority Leader as the stumbling blocks to their efforts to mitigate the cash crisis.
“Majority of us want the supplementary budget passed to unlock funds earmarked for development and other operations in the County,” said Stephen Kuria, the Biashara ward MCA.
Kuria said the ceiling was good to avoid the looming stalemate in the County.
The imminent cash crunch could force workers including doctors whose services were devolved to down their tools.
According to Chairman of Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists' Union (KMPPDU), Samuel Oroko, health workers have not been paid their leave allowances as agreed.
Dr Oroko who spoke with the media also confirmed that health workers will join other County workers if their allowances are not paid.
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