Labour CS accuses striking nurses of being adamant

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Labour CS Ukur Yatani
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Labor Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani is accusing striking nurses of continuing with the strike yet they are part of the ongoing conciliatory talks.

This comes as COTU has offered to mediate in the dispute, faulting the labor CS for allegedly misleading the President to threaten striking nurses with the sack.

The Friday deadline issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta for striking nurses to resume work or face the sack dawned with Labour CS warning nurses against defying a court order.

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He accused the nurses through their union of double standards in their refusal to abandon the strike, yet they were part of the ongoing talks.

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However, in Kirinyanga County the nurses heeded to the president’s directive and resumed work as police remained vigilant to ensure those willing to return to work were not intimidated.

Yatani’s warning comes as COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli hit out at him for allegedly misleading the head of state into threatening to sack all striking nurses.

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The COTU boss is instead offering to mediate between Nurses and the government to help end the impasse that threatens to paralyze the health sector.

On Thursday, the conciliatory committee met to analyze a memorandum of reply filed by the council of governor’s and the ministry of health.

The committee is set to meet the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to seek their opinion on the matter before holding a meeting will all parties on Saturday.

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On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed all striking nurses to report to work by Friday the 15th of this month by 8 am or face the sack.

Addressing the nation at Statehouse Nairobi after a meeting with the council of governors, the president further directed the National Police Service to take stern action against anyone who will intimidate or harass nurses who choose to resume their duty on Friday.

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