Nyeri Govt losses revenue as workers strike
11 December 2014, 22:55
Nyeri - The County Government of Nyeri has missed Thursday’s revenue collection after workers downed tools demanding salary arrears amounting to KES.50 million.
The hundreds of workers who converged outside Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s offices complained that they have not being paid for four months.
The branch County Government Workers Union chairman, Joseph Kinyua said the over 700 workers decided to down tools since the county government has been dismissing their complaints.
“We have been seeking to meet the Nyeri county government officials so that we can address the matter but they have been dismissing us and our grievances,” said Kinyua.
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He said they also want better working conditions stating that they do not have uniform, laundry soaps and protective gears.
Kinyua further said that the union want the more than 200 casual workers be absorbed under permanent basis because some have been on duty since year 1999.
Some workers in the county were earning KES.264 and others KES.432 daily wages with Kinyua saying that was discrimination.
“How do they expect me to survive without salary? My wife went back to her parents because I don’t have money,” complained David Kamau, a revenue collector based in Karatina town.
He complained that the government has been giving unfulfilled promises while some workers were being transferred to new stations without being provided with transport allowance.
However, the County government Public administration chief officer, Alice Wachira said the complaints lodged by the workers were among the challenges inherited by county governments from the defunct municipal councils.
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