Trouble Looms In Bungoma As Union Gives a strike notice Over Salary Arrears

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The Kenya County Government Workers Union has announced that Bungoma County government employees will down tools of trade if they won’t be paid their two months salary arrears.

Addressing the press in Bungoma town, the KCGWU branch chairman Evans Manyilila stated that their is no way employees will be working without salaries.

He called on governor Wycliffe Wangamati and the county assembly to solve their stalemate and pay workers.

“All employees will go on strike on 13th July if their salaries would not have been paid, we offer services and we need payment to meet our daily needs,” he announced.

Manyilila noted that the Union will ask it’s members to strike and paralyze all services if they will not receive their payment.

“Lack of salaries for two months is hurting workers workers, they are unable to meet their daily obligations,” he said.

He added,”We met with the deputy county secretary Isaac Mukenya and we agreed to meet on July 6 but am informed that the meeting has been postponed to 13 July,” 

Manyilila revealed that non payment of employees salaries has made them to suffer most, they can’t pay rent, buy food or pay school fees for their children.

“The impasse facing the county government is hurting county employees with the health workers already striking,” he said.

Manyilila added that county workers won’t continue working when they are not being paid.

He said that services will be paralyzed for unknown number of days if their is no assurance over payment.

“Already banks are on our necks over loans they are threatening us with unspecified action, we fear that they can auction our properties or household items to recoup their money,” said the unionist.

During the Senate grilling, Wangamati told committee members that they had received Sh391 million for the month of May and needed more money through the second supplementary budget to reduce the deficit and unable all workers receive their pay.

Assembly speaker Emmanuel Situma revealed that they can’t meet simple things like purchasing toilet papers, power disconnection and water due to lack of funds. 

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