Clinical officers issue strike notice

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Sarafina Robi
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The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers has issued another strike notice citing failure to address unfavorable terms of service for its members.

While issuing the notice Thursday morning in Nairobi, the union chair Peterson Wachira disclosed that the clinical officers will down their tools if their grievances fall on deaf ears.

The union announced a 14-day ultimatum even as it lamented inhuman treatment allegedly meted out on interns holding diploma certificates including lack of payment.

“Clinical Officers Interns must be paid. The end of blame games should stop. We are together on this” said Wachira.

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Wachira says the union doesn’t understand why this is the case considering increased allocations to the ministry of health under the presidential internship program.

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He added ”despite extra budgetary allocation to ministry of health on the presidential internship program and the fact that all other interns in the ministry of health are paid except diploma clinical officers, the ministry has remained non-committal on the payment of stipend and the Union fears there are ill intentioned and deliberate efforts to deny our interns of this entitlement”.

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He said besides nonpayment of the interns, their scheme was yet to be revised and ratified as agreed in 2017 by the mandated parties namely Ministry of Health, Public Service Commission, Council of governors and the Union.

In light of the contention, the union wrote in May to the Labour Cabinet Secretary informing him of the dispute as provided for in the Labour act and it is yet to get a response.

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“This therefore means conciliation has failed and therefore leaves the union with no option but to result to industrial action” stated the chair.

The clinicians are further demanding signing of their CBA and registration in court, and all pending promotions and re-deployments effected and arrears paid.

 

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