The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has obtained court orders directing two counties to pay un-remitted Union dues for February from their own coffers.
The separate orders for Kisii and Kajiado counties also directed the two county administrations to continue deducting and remitting union dues.
This strikes down a directive by the Council of Governors (CoG) issued last month during the nurses’ strike instructing counties to stop remitting money to KNUN.
A letter by CoG chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said that it would no longer be a county government responsibility to deduct and remit to KNUN and instead nurses would be paid full salaries and decide if they wished to remit the dues.
Kisii County was ordered to pay KNUN Sh468, 6000 of un-deducted union fees for February by the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC) in Kisumu.
“That pending the hearing and determination of this application, of this honorable court do and hereby issue an interim order directing the Respondents jointly by themselves, their agents, assigns, servants or representatives to pay the applicant the amount of Sh468,800 of un-deducted union dues for the month of February and any other subsequent month of un-deduction from the wages of the employees of the first respondents who are members of the applicant from their own funds,” says the order signed by the Kisumu ELRC Deputy Registrar.
Kajiado County was ordered to pay Sh199, 800 by the Employment and Labour Court at Nakuru.
The orders also mention Oparanya as a second respondent.
KNUN National Treasurer Agnes Munderu said that the orders would now “clear the air” to other counties on what would happen if they did not remit union dues.
“This will set a precedent that if counties don't deduct for the Union, they’ll have to pay from their own coffers,” she said.
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