Nurses in Nairobi suspend strike

Nurses in Nairobi County have heeded the call by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to suspend their strike and resume their work after assuring them that their allowances will be paid.

Sonko met with the nurses on Tuesday at City Hall and agreed to pay them backdated allowances within 48 hours set to lapse Friday.

He further promised implement promotions of the health workers.

The decision was reached moments before the Employment and Labour Relations Court issued an order suspending the strike for 60 days to pave way for conciliation talks.

However the Secretary General of the Kenya national union of nurses Seth Panyako insists that the strike will continue until the nurses’ demands are met.

According to Panyako, some counties have honored the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed last year in November.

In Busia County, the nurses did not go on strike after the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong promised to pay their allowances.

The Nurses however warned that should the county fail to pay them by 18th of this month, they will join the strike.

In the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the nurses want uniform allowance to be increased by Sh5,000 per year, nursing service allowance by Sh3,000 monthly and promotions.

Meanwhile, West Pokot Governor Prof John Lonyangapuo has threatened not to pay salary to striking nurses in the County.

The Governor called on nurses in the County to resume duty and have dialogue to end the stalemate.

The County boss reiterated that nurses in the County are not sincere to engage in the strike.

He said nurses are expected to resume duty as directed by a court order obtained by Council of Governors on 5th February, 2019.

Speaking at Ortum mission hospital when he visited patients who had been referred from government hospitals, Lonyangapuo said that nurses in the County have not appreciated what the County government offered them.

The Governor blamed the health workers officials under unions at the national level for controlling health workers affairs.

Lonyangapuo cautioned unions for blanket condemnation of counties citing that they should not be generalized for the mess in the country.

He said the ongoing nurse’s strike in health facilities is uncalled for and unwarranted.

Lonyangapuo said that County governments have no role over control of nurses and doctors.

  

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