County Workers Threaten To Go On Strike Over Unpaid July Salary
Staffs from the 47 Counties have vowed to go on strike in the next 7 days if their July salaries are not paid. Counties have insisted they have no funds to pay salaries owing to the tussle between Senate and National Assembly concerning the Division of Revenue Bill, 2019. However, the Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU) has insisted that Counties have money and are only using workers as a scapegoat to push for quick passing of the bill. The Chair of the Workers Union Mr. Roba Duba has asked Counties to pay workers by Monday or else they will paralyze services in all the 47 Counties.
The Senate is currently conducting a public hearing on the controversial Division of Revenue Bill which was passed by the National Assembly and there is hope that the Kshs. 316 billion proposed by the National Assembly would be passed. The Commission of Revenue Allocation boss has called for a law to make their draft binding to both the National Assembly and Senate in order to prevent future wrangles between the two houses. Senate had proposed Kshs. 336 B but the NationalAssembly had insisted on Kshs. 316 B. The President then insisted the Government is broke and cannot afford to give Counties anything above Kshs. 316 B.