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Nurses exempted from trade union fees

11 December 2013, 13:10 Millicent Kawii

Nairobi - Nurses will no longer pay trade union dues to the Union Of Kenya Civil Servants.

An Industrial Court judge on Friday halted the double deduction of union wages from nurses’ salaries.

Justice Njagi Marete ordered the stop of the nurses’trade union dues deduction to the Kenya Civil Servants Union, in a case filed by the Kenya National Union of Nurses(KNUN).

The Public Service Commission’s Secretary and all Commissioners as well as the Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry,who are the defendants in the case, were orderd to stop the remission pending the hearing and determination of the case.

“The defendants are hereby restrained and injucted from continuing to effect deductions from the wages ofthe Nurses’ Union members and or remitting the same to the Kenya Civil Servants Union,” Justice Marete said while granting the orders.

The Kenya Civil Servants Union had earlier moved to court demanding that Labour Cabinet Secretary Samuel Kazungu Kambi to revoke a decision made regarding nurses’ trade union deductions in a published Kenya Gazette Notice.

The Kenya Civil Servants Union claimed that the decision was wrong as certain deductions from nurses’ salaries was already in place.

The Civil Servants Union had argued that the decision amounts to acts of either fraud or mistaken identity as the deductions by KNUN are unspecified yet they are to be effected despite the beneficiary’s name not appearing on the pay slip.

According to the Gazette Notice, every employer who employs any member of the Nurses’ Union, is to deduct every month a sum equal to1.5% of the employees gross wages in respect of trade union dues.

The Nurses’ Union, successfully obtained a court order after four months, directing the Labour Cabinet Secretary to act fast on the nurses’ trade union deductions which were to be effected as of November as per the Labour Relations Act.

In a letter dated November 8, Kazungu Kambi endorsed nurses request and said the matter on trade union dues between the nurses union and the Kenya Civil Servants Union  is to be treated as settled.

- News24


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