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Nurses in court over state move to enforce deductions

25 November 2013, 18:54 Milicent Kawii

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 said.

The case will be heard on December 3 .


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