Nurses threaten fresh strike over govt ‘untrustworthiness’

By KBC Reporter

Nurses across the country have vowed to down their tools come 1st of February if the government fails to pay them a promised Nurses Service Allowance.

The estimated Kshs 7b funds was part of a negotiated agreement between the nurses and their employer to woo them back to work and suspend their strike in December 2016 as the governments fast tracks the implementation of their harmonized Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Kenya National Union of Nurse Secretary General Seth Panyako claims that 45 counties are yet to disburse the funds to the nurses.

Panyako is also calling on the county governments to also award all health workers in the public health sectors a health service allowance.

The unions had called off their 3 week national strike in December 2016 after penning a deal with the Council of Governors that would give the nurses allowances of 15000-20000 shillings monthly.

Thereafter, negotiations on the nurses CBA would was agreed to begin in January 2017 and expected to be com0-leted by March 2017.

The nurses’ latest threat of mass action is said to be motivated by what they term as lack of confidence in the government’s ability to keep its word.

The threat to strike by the nurses comes hot on the heels 0f a similar threat by clinical officers, on top of the ongoing countrywide doctors strike in its 54th day, a modern day record.

  

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