Nurses union blames CoG for blocking CBA implementation

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The Kenya National Union of Nurses is accusing the Council of Governors for blocking the implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that increased nurses allowances.

Appearing before the Senate Labour Committee, the nurses representatives said some county governments were frustrating the health workers and were to blame for the current stand-off.

The Jonson Sakaja led committee has invited the Council of Governors, Salaries and Remuneration Commission and the Nurses Union to a meeting this Friday to thrash out issues.

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The Nurses officials appeared before the Senate Labor Committee and tabled what they termed as evidence of how the Council of Governors allegedly directed counties to ignore the CBA they signed in November  2017.

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The information prompted Senators to call out Governors for allegedly frustrating the health workers and disrupting health services at the county level.

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The Committee has subsequently summoned the Council of Governors and Salaries and Remuneration Commission this Friday to give their side of the story.

The strike that is being executed in phases started on Monday in 12 counties.

However, Kwale, Nairobi, Kisii and Kiambu called off their strike on Tuesday after reaching an agreement with their respective county governments over implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Nurses in West Pokot, Kisumu, Taita Taveta, Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Wajir, Samburu and Nyeri are still on strike while their colleagues in 16 more Counties are expected to down tools from mid this month if their demands are not met.

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The industrial action is on despite a court order obtained by the Council of Governor suspending the strike for 60 days to allow mediation by a conciliation committee constituted by Labour Cabinet secretary Ukur Yattani.

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