Nurses union urged to give dialogue a chance

Written By: Beth Nyaga

Nurses union urged to hold off on Monday strike

Nurses union officials have been urged to give dialogue a chance ahead of the planned nationwide nurses strike slated for Monday.

Baringo Woman Representative Gladwell Cheruiyot says it is evident that the medics are facing numerous challenges in line of duty and unfulfilled promises by both levels of governments.

However, she says in the interests of the common man, it would be noble for nurses to put on hold the strike and try another round of negotiations with concerned parties over the matter.

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The union also said its members would down their tools if a return-to-work formula signed in November last year is not fully implemented.

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The strike is set to kick off in Kisii, Kiambu, Homabay and Marsabit counties with the industrial strife spreading to Kwale, Garissa, Samburu, Kirinyaga, Embu as well as Mathari hospital, spinal special hospital, port health and at the blood bank five days later.

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Murang’a, Busia, Nakuru and Siaya counties will see their nurses down their tools on the 18th of this month.

Mombasa, Tharaka Nithi, Migori and Machakos counties will have normal operations with the administrations having honored their part of the bargain.

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Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Seth Panyako had earlier said that he has no powers to call off the strike as it now lies with members.

The union is however yet to issue strike notices in seventeen other counties but Panyako says they will be left with no other option but to suspend their services if the administrations fails to honor the comprehensive bargaining agreement.


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