Kenyatta National Hospital staff have threatened to go on strike from next Monday if a proposed salary review is not implemented within seven days.
According to a statement by three workers union, core employees including doctors and health workers will paralyse services at the referral hospital until the enhanced pay is effected.
Kenya National Union of Nurses, Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union and the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) said the recent upgrade of KNH status automatically came with a rise in salaries and allowances which had been ignored by the management.
“Reference is made to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission letter vide Ref no. SRC/TS/KNH/ 3/17/11 (60) dated 2nd September 2020 whose content is the proposed salary revision for KNH staff in line with Re-categorization status of PC 7A which your management has failed to implement up to date even after several attempts to have the matter resolved” the unions said Monday in a joint letter to the hospital management and copied to Health and Treasury cabinet secretaries.
“In view of the above, we now demand that the Hospital implement salary for all employees working in your facility as approved by State Corporation Advisory Committee through a letter Ref POL/ADM/ 13/4 VOL VI 1 1 (34) dated 13th September 2012 within Seven (7) days failure to which all employees represented by the signed unions will commence strike on 28th September 2020” adds the statement.
The union leaders have instructed branch officials to mobilize members for participation in the strike.
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission in May approved the release of Sh3 billion to pay frontline health workers.
The commission said the funds announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta as a special package for health workers would not only go towards paying their allowances but will also cover their welfare and insurance packages.