Civil servants threaten to go on strike over salary delay

More than 3,000 Civil servants working for the Homa Bay County government have threatened to go on strike if the county government fails to pay them their pending two months’ salary.

The government employees said they will not report to their working stations on Monday next week if they fail to get a response from the county government concerning their delayed pay.

Led by the Homa bay County Union of Kenya Civil Servants chairman Tom Aketch, the county workers said a section of workers have not been paid for three months.

Aketch reiterated that the government last paid its workers in May this year and now they are demanding over Sh8 Million as salary arrears.

Our union has a total of 3,000 workers who have not been paid for two months. Some have also not received their pay for three months. That include those who never got the May salaries, he said.

Addressing the press in his Office Saturday, Aketch said that workers are worried that the government may fail to pay August salaries.

He said they have not received any communication from the government concerning the delay.

We have opted to paralyze activities at our offices to get the attention of the government because it appears that they have neglected us. We will not offer any service to residents. We need our salaries because the government collects taxes that can support our pay, said Aketch.

The workers asked local politicians to help them in solving the problem arguing that other counties including Siaya, Kisumu, Kisii, Bomet and Migori have paid their workers.

We call upon our leaders from the National Assembly and the Senate to intervene on the matter. We are worried that we may have a burden of paying school fees because schools are opening for the third term next week, said Aketch.

Our efforts to contact the county executive committee member in charge of county finance department bore no fruits.

Source: Kenya News Agency