Nairobi staff reject job cuts device, demand of Sh42bn

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Wednesday June 02 2021


County staff properly-organized the polluted Nairobi River on February 22, 2019. PHOTO | POOL

Nairobi County staff union has rejected a planned roll-out of early voluntary retirement disturbing that staff’ pension device be paid Sh42 billion owed to them.

The staff are now disturbing for corpulent settlement of retirement benefits to boot to a pension due to the Laptrust and Lapfund, which would be owed billions of shillings from City Hall’s failure to remit staff monthly pension deductions.

Kenya County Governments Workers Union Nairobi division Secretary Festus Ngari said the county authorities would possibly perhaps well well silent first determined cash owed to of us that naturally retired between 2018 and 2020 and these design to attain so in 2021.

He said that City Hall is yet to determined Sh19 billion Native Authority Pension Have faith (Laptrust) debt to boot to Sh23 billion Native Authority Pension Fund (Lapfund).

Additional, Mr Ngari identified that the county authorities silent owes of us that exited City Hall via pure attrition Sh175 million in score of gratuities, coffin costs, terminal leave dues and other benefits.

“What can allocation of Sh175 million attain to staff in opposition to Sh42 billion owed to them? Make you’ve gotten your priorities excellent?” posed Mr Ngari.

“We demand of that Deputy Governor Ann Kananu pay staff’ dues both contemporary and past and enable the original law to secure its rightful direction,” he added.

The transfer by the Union comes after City Hall launched atmosphere apart Sh175 million in opposition to roll-out of early voluntary retirement of its aged staff to boot to payment of terminal benefits owed to the county authorities’s retirees.

The quantity is phase of the county authorities’s 2nd supplementary price range current by the Nairobi County Assembly closing month.

However Mr Ngari has criticised the transfer accusing the county authorities of unfair labour agree to “with impunity and push apart of labour legal guidelines and factual industrial deeds”.

He argued that the constitution does no longer discriminate nor marginalise staff based fully on age. In actuality, he said, of us residing with disability work as much as 65 years, lecturers seven years and judges as much as 72 years.

“Whereas the stable productive life at 50 years is revered below global statutes, are you announcing you are going to be exception to the the rest of world enterprise agree to?” he posed.

Here’s no longer the first time the county authorities is rolling out a the same realizing. In 2018 below oldschool Governor Mike Sonko perfect 400 staff voluntarily leave the county authorities between July 2018 and January 2019 despite plans to retire 731 county staff at some point of the hot 2018/19 monetary yr.

A biometric dispute released in November 2019 confirmed despite the acute formative years unemployment in the country, perfect 14 per cent of City Hall staff had been below the age of 35 years representing 792 of the 11,603 staff.

This triggered City Hall to request for an allocation of Sh100 million to launch roll-out of the voluntary early retirement device, announcing the transfer is intended to reinvigorate an getting older workforce at the county authorities to boot to in the reduction of its bloated wage bill.

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