Nurses in 12 counties down tools

Written By: Purity Museu/Christine Muchira

Health workers during a protest in Nairobi (FILE)

Nurses in at least 12 counties have downed tools demanding fulfillment Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated with county and the national governments in 2017.

This follows the expiry of the strike notice issued by the Kenya National Union of Nurses to various county governments and the national government in December last year.

The move comes amid calls by Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Ukur  for the Kenya National Union of Nurses to call off the strike the newly launched conciliation committee looks into the issues raised.

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CS Yattani unveiled a three member conciliation committee comprising of Industrial relations expert Harun Mwaura as chairperson, Abisai Ambenge representing Federation of Kenya Employers and Benson Okwaro of Central Organization of Trade Unions to arbitrate the matter and file a report within 30 days.

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Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Seth Panyako spoke to the media in Eldoret saying that the committee formed by Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani is time barred as the union had issued a strike notice in November 2018.

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He accused Yattani of using delaying tactics to frustrate the nurses.

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Yattani pleaded with nurses to call off the strike and come to the negotiations table.

The nurses’ union wants the 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement implemented fully.

Counties affected by the strike include West Pokot, Kisumu, Nairobi, Kisii, Elgeyo Marakwet, Wajir, Nyeri, Samburu and Kitui.

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