Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) Chair Lyn Mengich has cautioned county governments against introducing special allowances to their health care workers without seeking an advisory from the commission.
This comes after Machakos County Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua introduced special allowances of between Ksh 5,000 and 20,000 per month to health care workers in his county whom he says are working under challenging conditions in the fight against coronavirus.
According to the governor, the allowances that will last a period of three months are a way to show support to the health workers and appreciate them for the work they are doing during the pandemic.
The commission says that payment of such allowances is likely to cause inequality in remuneration across the counties.
Through a letter to the Chair of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya, SRC Chair Lyn Mengich noted that the introduction of those additional special allowances was done without seeking proper advisory from the commission.
The commission is advising that in light of scarce resources, the available resources should be channeled towards protecting health workers by providing them with Personal Protective Equipment.
The National Nurses Association Secretary-General, Alfred Obengo has told off the Commission over the claims that counties should seek permission before awarding health workers special allowances.
Obengo in a statement asked Mengich to stop irritating workers during this tough time.
He said that health workers are working abnormal hours in an abnormal situation, combating an abnormal disease.
Obengo said health workers were restraining themselves from being on a warpath with the government.