The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has taken the Nairobi county workers to court over their continued industrial action.
Speaking to one of the local dailies, Kenya County Government Workers Union secretary Benson Olianga mentioned that the union had received a letter from SRC to have them appear before Labour Court on Monday.
However, Olianga expressed his amusement over SRC’s move to take them to court.
He stated: “As a union, we don’t understand it. Currently, there is no case and the reason why SRC has taken us to court is not clear.
“As a union, we will go to the court because we want to hear what the SRC says. This is new because I have never heard of an intended interested party in a non-existent case,” Olianga noted.
The union’s secretary went ahead to reveal that the case will be heard by Labour Relations Court, Justice Maureen Onyango.
Efforts to resolve the standoff, that is now on its second week, were futile despite the Labour CS Ukur Yattani meeting the union officials last week.
According to the CS, the standoff between the SRC and the workers was a unique case since it lacks the element of disagreement between the employer and the employees.
Despite Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko requesting the county workers to go back to work, the more than 13,000 workers have remained adamant on their requirements met, in this case – salary increment.
The workers are demanding for a pay rise of between 15 and 28 percent that translates to approximately Ksh100 million.