Nurses in court over state move to enforce deductions
25 November 2013, 18:54
Nairobi - Nurses have gone to court to stop a ministerial order directing
the deduction of trade union dues from their salaries.
The Union of Kenya Civil
Servants moved to court Monday, demanding that Labour Cabinet Secretary
Samuel Kazungu Kambi to revoke an earlier decision made regarding nurses’ trade
union wages deduction in a Gazette Notice.
The nurses through The Kenya National Union of Nurses had successfully obtained a court order directing the Labour Cabinet Secretary to act fast on
the nurses’ trade union deductions which are to be effected end of November
as per the Labour Relations Act.
The Notice authorises anyone employing a member of the Kenya National Union of Nurses to
deduct a monthly sum equal to 1.5% of the employee's gross wages in respect
of trade union dues.
Considering the fact
that the deductions are mandatory for any registered Union, the Civil Servants
Union claims that the decision was wrong as certain deductions from nurses’
salaries are already in place.
The Civil Servants Union
argues that the deductions are unspecified yet they are being directed to the
Nurses Union despite the beneficiary’s name not appearing on the pay slip, an
act that amounts to either fraud or mistaken entries.
“Prior to the Gazette
Notice, there were certain deductions being made, furthermore there is no
accountability in the accounting of these deductions,” the Civil Servants Union
The case will be heard on December 3 .