KNUN threatens to call for a national-wide nurses’ strike

Written By: Kevin Wachira
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The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has threatened to call for a nationwide nurses’ strike on 4th February 2019.

KNUN is taking an issue with a letter written by salaries and remuneration commission asking county governments to provide information on affordability and fiscal sustainability of the agreed pay increase for nurses.

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The nurses are seeking audience with President Uhuru Kenyatta to express their grievances.

According to the nurses, SRC intends to derail the implementation of return to work formula that was agreed between nurses and two levels of government last month.

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The nurses union argues the agreed pay increment has already been factored in county budgets for 2018/2019 hence the salaries commission should not object on basis of affordability.

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The nurses have therefore threatened to down their tools starting 4th February next year if the pay hike will not be implemented.

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Further, the health workers are seeking a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta to express their grievances as they feel frustrations by SRC may hinder implementation of the universal health care which is a key pillar of the government’s development agenda

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