Clinicians, nurses and lab officers to down tools

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Ibrahim Adan

The three unions said the government had ignored their demands (FIle/Photo)

Health services may be paralysed in public hospitals after Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO), Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) and the Kenya National Union of Laboratory Officers threatened to down their tools beginning midnight Wednesday.

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The three unions said they reached the decision following the government’s failure to heed to their demands.

The unions are alleging that since May this year, they have been patiently trying to engage the government to honour a signed collective bargaining agreement but to no avail.

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The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) National Chair Peterson Wachira maintained that the safety and welfare of their members cannot be ignored.

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The health practitioners last week issued a seven-day strike notice to protest delayed promotions and re-designation.

The union leaders cited historical injustices where their members had stagnated on same job groups for years accusing the health ministry of downplaying their grievances by employing delaying tactics.

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“It is demoralizing that the ministry has over the years promised to effect promotions for the undersigned cadres, only to backtrack and later employ delaying tactics that have seen officers stagnate in one job group up to over 15 years” they lamented.

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Other issues the unions want to be addressed amid the pandemic include lack of proper work equipment, compensation packages, harmonised allowances and exemptions from duty for members who are pregnant or who have pre-existing conditions.

They have also decried alleged casual treatment and lack of recognition of their members who have lost their lives to the Covid-19


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