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Striking Nyeri County govt workers to be sacked

18 December 2014, 15:11 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Nyeri County government workers who have been on a week-long strike have two days to return to work or be sacked.

“Those who will not have resumed duty on Monday will have their positions declared vacant,” the county executive secretary in charge of Public Administration, Priscilla Muthoni has announced.

Muthoni disclosed that the county was losing KES 300,000 daily from uncollected market and parking revenue.

Police fired teargas at the striking workers who had pitched camp at the county government offices and prevented their colleagues who wanted to resume work from doing so.

The workers have been on strike since Thursday last week demanding the payment of delayed salaries and leave days amounting to KES 53 million.

“The county government cannot pay the money as demanded, as most of the workers have been refusing to apply and proceed on annual leave with the hope of computing the leave days into cash,” said Muthoni during a press conference.

She however said the government was in the process of validating who was denied leave under those circumstances.

She claimed the workers were being incited by their union not to avail the necessary documents to make it possible for those who are genuinely owed to be paid.

Also read: County strike leads to garbage piles

“We had a meeting arbitrated by the Labour department early this week but the workers walked out when we insisted that we cannot pay without validating the genuineness of their claims,” she said.

She added that the county government was waiting for guidelines from the Transitional Authority on what liabilities were carried over from the former local authorities to settle.

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