Kirinyaga Water and Sanitation Company workers call off strike

By KBC Reporter

Two hundred employees of Kirinyaga Water and Sanitation Company have resumed duty after ending a weeklong strike that halted water supply to residents.

The 200 Unionasable employees resorted to industrial action last Thursday on claims that the Management Committee of the Company had declined to implement a Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA).

According to the employees the CBA was signed in 2013 and registered in court as procedurally required but the management allegedly disregarded it, leading to a standoff.

However the employees agreed to end the strike after meeting area Governor Joseph Ndathi on Thursday who assured them their grievances would be addressed.

Ndathi assured that employees who had been sacked for leading the strike would be reinstated once a new management team is in place.

The National Union of Water and Sewerage Employees General Secretary Otieno Awachi pledged to follow up the matter until the embattled company directors are shown the door.

The strike had occasioned a water shortage in Kirinyaga County affecting residential homes, hospitals, correctional facilities and schools.