The Central Organization of Trade union- COTU is calling on doctors to join striking nurses in order to pressurize on the National and County Governments to sign and register the nurses’ Collective Bargaining Agreement in Court.
COTU Deputy Secretary General Ernest Nadome is questioning why the Government has remained silent on the nurses strike yet it met doctors’ demands when they downed tools.
Public hospitals are the easiest health service to access for the vast majority of Kenyans. The healthcare workers have been on strike for the last 52 days leaving thousands of desperate patients without medical care. They downed their tools to clamour for higher pay and allowances.
The Striking nurses have remained adamant that they will not go back to work until their Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed and deposited in Court.
COTU is now accusing National and County Governments for turning a blind eye to the nurses’ plight.
Nadome says it is quite unfortunate that election campaigns are approaching fever pitch yet the public sector continues ailing.
Nadome is threatening to mobilize members of COTU to vote for a political party that will look into trade unionists issues once elected.
The Council of Governors denounced the Ksh40 billion nurses Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was reached in December and presented to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission as proposed pay hike for nurses.
The governors have claimed they have no money to pay the negotiated health providers CBA.
In a meeting at the Ministry of Labour, the striking health workers through their union said they will take nothing less than the agreed amount which it said was Ksh 7.25 billion per year and not the Ksh40 billion that the COG is claiming.