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Why City Hall workers want to down their tools this week

Nairobi County government workers are set to down their tools on Thursday over unpaid salaries.

The more than 13,000 workers claim they have not been paid Sh1.2 billion in October salaries.

A letter of notice by the Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU) said the county has not given them ‘convincing reasons’ for the delay.

“Despite this union’s protests against this malpractice and unfair labour practice, the situation has only worsened. To date, our members’ salaries for the month of October 2016 have not yet been paid,”read the union’s letter.

All workers will parade outside City Hall and stay away from work until their grievances are met.

SYSTEM MALFUNCTION

Union chairman Bernard Inyangala said Governor Evans Kidero’s administration had claimed they had not received funds from the national government due to a malfunction of the payment system.

“The information they are telling us is not helpful. If the (payment) system is not working we will make lines and get our payment in cash. We are sure the county has received money from the national government,” he said.

County Secretary Robert Ayisi, in telephone interview with Nairobi News, confirmed that the employees have not been paid October salaries.

He said ‘system failure’ has delayed the disbursement of the money by the Central Bank.

“Our team, led by Finance chief officer Luke Gatimu are at the Central Bank as we speak trying to solve the problem. They will be paid as soon as this matter resolved,” said Mr Ayisi.