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County planning to lay off casual workers

09 November 2015, 08:07 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Hundreds of casual staff at Vihiga County Government are set to be laid off, a move that has sparked fear and anxiety among them.

Their services will be terminated at the end of this month to cut on the soaring wage bill that has become unmanageable.

"Following the management meeting held on November 3, it was resolved that the contracts entered into with officers on casual and temporary terms be terminated," reads the letter communicating the same and signed by Johnathan Kipchoge.

Kipchoge, who is the County's human resource director notes that the County administration has issued a 21-day notice of termination.

Currently, the County pays up to slightly over KES 100 million in salaries every month with concerns that the wage bill was increasing every month.

The move to retrench the casuals and other temporary staff would see more than 400 workers sent home and rendered jobless.

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The letter sent to all the 10 chief officers and copied to Governor Moses Akaranga, County secretary Linet Abdallah, all County executives and the County public service board advised the chief officers to inform all the affected workers in their respective departments.

The workers on the retrenchment list include market cleaners, revenue collectors, enforcement officers, tea girls, ward staff, clerical officers, drivers, technicians, office assistants, grounds men among others.

Each of the affected staff would be paid KES 21 000 as send off package that would cost the County up to KES 8 million.

Documents show that various departments had already informed their casuals about the process.

One of the documents, a letter addressed to the affected staff and signed by John Khamala on behalf of Luanda town manager communicated the retrenchment message.

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