1.Beforecourt is the applicant’s motion application dated April 25, 2023, and filed incourt onMay 3, 2023, brought pursuant to Rule 33(1) of the Employment and Labour Relations Court (Procedure) Rules. The Applicant seeks that the Court reviews an error in the judgment and consequent decree issued on March 2, 2023, and award the grievant a salary underpayment of Kshs. 35,854/- instead of that of Kshs. 5,368.30/- awarded in that judgment.
2.The Applicant further seeks that the taxation of party and party costs scheduled for May 3, 2023be temporarily stopped until the application herein is determined.
3.The application is supported by grounds on the face of the motion and the affidavit of George Okoth Omollo, sworn on April 28, 2023.
4.The applicant avers that thecourt in its judgment ofMarch 2, 2023entered in favour of the applicant, awarded the applicant a total of Kshs. 44,368.30/- and costs of the suit.
5.That among the reliefs awarded was a salary underpayment for 14 months which was assessed at Kshs. 5,368.30/-. It is the applicant’s assertion that the courterroneously indicated that the grievant’s pay was supposed to be Kshs. 15383.45/- as a service worker in the petroleum sector, instead of Kshs. 17,561.00/- indicated in the Regulation of Wages order for 2018.
6.That the error affects the total sum awarded under the claim which should have been a total of Kshs. 35,854/- being an underpayment of Kshs. 2,561 per month for the 14 months.
7.The Applicant urged the motion orally on July 4, 2023, reiterating its pleadings.
8.The Applicant prays that the Court reviews its judgment and make an award in the sum of Kshs. 35,854/-, on account of salary underpayment.
9.The Respondent did not oppose the application.
SIGNED, DATED AND DELIVERED BY VIDEO-LINK AND IN COURT AT NAIROBI THIS 20TH DAY OF JULY, 2023.C. N. BAARIJUDGEAppearance:N/A for the ApplicantMr. for the RespondentMs. Christine Omolo-C/A
10.I have considered the application, the grounds and affidavit in support and the Applicant’s oral submissions. The issue for determination is whether the Applicant has established grounds for review of the judgment of this Court rendered on 2nd March, 2023.
13.The applicant’s motion is premised on the assertion that the courtdid not consider the correct section of the Regulation of Wages Orderof 2018, and hence the error in the assessment of the amount in underpayment payable to the grievant.
14.A look at column 5 of the Regulation of Wages Order for the year 2018, indeed indicates the monthly salary for workers in the petrol and service stations as Kshs. 17561.00 and not that earlier awarded which is given in column 4 of the Order of Kshs. 15,383.45.
16.The grievant’s monthly salary having been Kshs. 15,000/- thus shows that he was underpaid by Kshs. 2,561 per month, which amounts to an underpayment of Kshs. 35,854/- in the 14 months he was in the service of the respondent, and which is hereby awarded.
17.In conclusion, I find and hold that the Applicant’s application meets the threshold for grant of review orders, and paragraph 57 (v) of the Judgment of this court delivered on March 2, 2023, is amended as follows:(v)Salary underpayment of Kshs. 35,854/- instead of Kshs. 5,368.30.
18.The prayer to stay the taxation of the party and party bill of costs is overtaken by events in view of the date the taxation was to take place (3/5/2023).
19.Orders of the Court.