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Employees with double salary deductions to be refunded

25 February 2014, 13:01 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS) has assured civil servants who have experienced double deduction on their salaries that their money will be refunded from February 24, 2014.

UKCS Secretary General, Tom Odege noted that the double deduction has been occasioned by suspected fraudulent acts of the Kenya Nurses’ Union using the UKCS code when the payroll was still under the central government’s Ministry of Health.

Odege said that health workers, who are the most affected group, have either had double or triple deductions of 1.5% as Union membership monthly charges.

“We have been investigating the double deductions by the nurses union who are double charging our members and before we could conclude on the issue the payroll was devolved to the counties,” said Odege.

He added that they discovered that deductions are made in collusion with some senior officers at the ministry of Health noting that they were lucky since the money had been wired to the Union’s bank account and assured that it will be refunded to the affected members.  

Odege called on the government to come out and explain how the nurses Union started receiving deductions even before the same dues were gazetted by the Ministry of labour holding that it is a clear contravention of the law.

He said UKCS has more than 70 000 members of which 66 000 have been devolved to the counties adding that the Union is currently in talks with the Council of Governors to formalize their members’ service delivery issues in showing its commitment in serving members both at the national and county level.

Odege highlighted that Kirinyaga and Homabay counties were the most affected where almost all workers have been victims of double deduction compared to other counties such as Nairobi, Nakuru, Kiambu, Bungoma, and Migori that barely registered complaints.

Regarding the proposed retrenchment of civil servants, Odege said that the idea of a bloated civil service is misguided and even sacking all the civil servants will not cut the wage bill.

He noted that civil servants comprise less than 12% of the country’s labour including the Police and Army who form more than half of the alleged bloated service since they encompass more than 80 000 officers in each Unit out of the estimated 217 000 civil servants.  

Odege held that the Union is totally against forced retrenchment and that it only supports voluntary retirement with a good send off package in an effort to cut the rising wage bill.

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