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County workers threaten to go on strike over salary delays

More than 3,000 Civil Servants in Homa Bay County Government have threatened to go on strike on Monday over the delayed salaries for the months of June and July 2019.
Speaking to KNA Thursday, Chairman of the Union of Kenya Civil Servants, Homa Bay branch Tom Aketch, claimed that the county government has not paid its employees for the last two months thus subjecting them to miseries.
“It is now two months before we saw salaries with our eyes. We always go to the bank to check if the salaries have been deposited which has ended in vain,” he said.
The Chairman further said that their attempts to reach the county government officials have been futile since they are not in their offices and do not respond to their phone calls too.
He appealed to Executive Committee member in charge of Finance Nicholas Koriko to respond to their concerns so as to return sanity in the county.
At the same time, Aketch said that they are in support of their National officials in their call for a nationwide strike starting on Tuesday of next week to push the Governors to respond to their demands.
He called upon the entire Workers’ Unions Officials in the area to come out in solidarity and champion for workers’ rights.
He challenged the Governors to use the funds already disbursed to them by the National Treasury to pay its workers while still waiting for the stalemate between the National Assembly and Senate to be resolved.
Our efforts to reach the County Executive Officer in charge of finance bore no fruits for his phone was switched off.
By Godwine Ochieng/Davis Langat

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