Nurses suspend strike for 21 days to give room for negotiations

Written By: Beth Nyaga

Nurses suspend strike for 21 days to give room for negotiations

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) have called off their joint unions’ strike that was to commence on Thursday.

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KNUN Secretary-General Seth Panyako through a press statement said the move was to give more time to the ongoing negotiation and conciliation process.

Panyako, however, stated that the union had only suspended the strike for 21 days up and will lapse on October 1.

This comes as health services in Embu, Narok and Baringo Counties are in jeopardy after health workers began downing their tools demanding improved working conditions and better remuneration.

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In Embu, patients were left stranded as public health facilities remained shut while in Baringo patients have been given a 24-hour notice to leave the hospitals as the medics plan to withdraw their services.

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Speaking after holding a peaceful demonstration in Kabarnet, the healthcare officials said there will be a total shut down of services starting Thursday following a disagreement with the Baringo County Government.

Kenya Union of Clinical officers Secretary Korir Yator said their 14-day strike notice lapsed on Monday with no agreement forcing them to paralyze services at the hospitals.

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The over 2,400 workers including, doctors, dentists, morticians among others are also blaming the county government over non-remittance of statutory deductions amounting to over Ksh 400 million for the past four months.

The healthcare workers said that even after several meetings with the county health officials nothing has been done to address their grievances.

Led by their union leaders, the healthcare workers said they are not relenting and will not agree to a return to work formula until their grievances are addressed and implemented.

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In the meantime, medical workers in Narok are also threatening to down their tools lamenting over deplorable working conditions.

The medics are accusing the county government of failing to honour a 2017 CBA.

Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union South rift branch Secretary Dr Davji Bimji claims failure by the county to resolve to pay the agreement as par the CBA has financially exposed its members.

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