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Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Employees Issue Strike Notice Over Unpaid Salaries -Reports

Operations at the cash-strapped Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) could come to a grinding halt on December 7 after its staff issued a notice to down their tools due to salaries and pensions not being paid to retirees and staff.

The Communication Workers Union (COWU) said that it had given the broadcaster notice as required by the law due to its failure to make the payments.

The General-Secretary of COWU, Benson Okwaro said that pensioners were the worst affected as KBC had been unable to pay them their dues for the past year.

KBC staff have gone on strike several times since 2012 as management boards promised but failed to pay them their dues.

Following their last strike which was in 2017, the union along with the KBC board reached a deal on the remittance of statutory dues, but the broadcaster did not keep its end of the agreement.

Okwaro released a statement saying that KBC is in the midst of serious financial problems due to its style of management. He declared that the loss-making state-entity needs a bail-out and its management reshuffled before it is too late. COWU also called for President Kenyatta to step in and save KBC from collapse. 

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