Nairobi governor, Johnson Sakaja, on Monday, May 29, finally signed an agreement that will see the county unlock funds to the tune of Ksh200 million.
In a statement, the county confirmed that Ksh120 million would be channelled towards settling allowance arrears while Ksh80 million would pay retirees.
In a meeting with Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGQU), the county assured the workers that the payments would be made between 7 and 14 days.
Promotions demanded by a section of the county workers will also be effected in one month, and those whose PAYE was illegally deducted will be refunded.
“Payments pending COB of Kshs 120 million in staff allowances, and Ksh 80 million for retirees to be effected with 7 days to 14 days subject to approval,” read the agreement in part.
The meeting came hours after a section of the workers downed tools at the busy City Hall, which houses Nairobi County Government offices, seeking redress.
The workers had also asked for better working conditions demanding the county addresses dust and noise, among other factors.
During the strike, the workers accused the government of delay in signing the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which had dragged on since 2021.
Through their Nairobi Branch secretary, Calvince Otieno, KCGQU also hit out at the Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) for conspiring with the county.
"We have people who earned the same salary and were subjected to the same terms of service for the last 10 years. We negotiated a CBA and submitted it to SRC for approval. It is now nine months, and nothing seems to be happening.
"We see that it is a game between the county management and SRC to deny these workers," lamented Okello.
Earlier, Nairobi County had been ranked as the biggest contributor of non-remittance to pensions schemes exposing the national government to a Ksh65.7 billion debt.