Nurses exempted from trade union fees
11 December 2013, 13:10
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
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
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.