Nairobi county government workers went on strike on Tuesday morning paralizing services in different sectors at the county offices.
A spot check done by Ghetto Radio News shows that the most affected areas were the county dispensaries and City Mortuary.
Addressing the workers at City Hall Building Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko said that the county had factored the agreed salary increment in the supplementary budget last year but could not effect it before getting a go-ahead from the salaries and remuneration commission (SRC).
‘‘I know there is a problem. Your union leaders have looked at the county supplementary budget and they know the money is there but the only problem is SRC, not me,We had budgeted for this and I can assure you that we have cash in our accounts but again I cant pay before SRC gives me a go ahead to do so.’’ He said
He further asked the county employees to give him sometime to engage with the SRC on the matter.
Currently Nairobi City government spends shillings 1.5 billion every monthly on salaries and should it effect the 15% pay rise demand in the collective bargaining agreement then the employer will require another shillings 110 million per month.
The workers are demanding salary increment of between 15 and 20 per cent contained in an agreement signed in May 2017 that City Hall had promised would be affected last month.