By Juney Karisa.
Talks to resolve the ongoing doctors strike have collapsed yet again.
The four hour marathon talks that were being arbitrated by the Ministry Of Labour did not yield many results as doctors stood their grounds wanting the 2013 collective bargaining agreement implemented in full.
The council of governors who were part of the talks claims the CBA was defective as it was signed before devolution took root in the country and the current resources at their disposal cannot sustain such a huge pay demand.
Top officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union, the ministry of health and the Council of Governors had for the third day convened at the Labor Ministry headquarters in Nairobi to to reach a compromise over the ongoing doctors strike that entered its 12th day.
There were hopes that a deal was on site after the talks on Friday showed some remarkable progress and so when the tripartite meeting reconvened today the nation was pregnant with expectation that a solution would finally be found to unlock the stalemate.
However, after a 6 hours long meeting under the auspices of Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie, no deal was signed by both parties, the bone of contention being Article four of the 2013 CBA.
The court is said to have suspended the implementation of Article that touches on Salaries and Remuneration of medical officers and interns to allow for re negotiation between the conflicting parties.
The stipulated agreement states that on entry into the field a medical officer is expected to earn a gross salary of more than 300,000 shillings while the highest paid medical officer earning over 800,000 shillings.
However, the Council of Governors claims that the agreed demand, that was signed before the country was devolved, is outrageous and beyond the resource capacity reach of the devolved units.
The doctors however would here none of it, demanding a total implementation of the agreed CBA, rejecting a counter offer by the governors.
Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie appreciated the commitment shown by the parties in the dispute to the talks, urging the parties to fast track an amicable solution to the stalemate.