Nurses call off 5 month old strike

Nurses have called off their five months old strike after the Kenyan National Union of Nurses (KNUN) signed an agreement with the Council of Governors and the Ministry of Health.

The agreement will see an increment of nurses perks, including uniform and allowances.

Following the signing of the deal all nurses are required to resume duty by close of business Friday and counties will be required to release withheld salaries latest by end of November 2017.

For five months now services at the public health facilities have remained paralyzes owing to the nurses strike bringing suffering to Kenyans who could not afford Medicare at the private health services.

In the pact inked Thursday afternoon, the two levels of government agreed to raise the nurses salaries including uniform and allowances.

In the agreement, nurses will earn an allowance of fifteen thousand shillings in the 2018-2019 financial year to be increased at the rate of 5000 shillings for the next three years.

Service allowance to be pegged at twenty three thousand shillings to be increased to thirty thousand shillings in the 2020-2021 financial year.

The health workers on their part have agreed to resume work Friday and counties will be required to release withheld salaries latest by end of November 2017.

The Government had earlier threatened to sack striking nurses claiming the impasse was not lawful.

However all disciplinary action against the striking nurses has also been suspended forthwith after the signing of the return to work formula.

  

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