Nurses vow to proceed with strike on Monday

Written By: Jackline Wambiru
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The Kenya National Union of Nurses has vowed to proceed with its planned nurses’ strike planned to kick off on Monday.

The move comes a day after Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani appointed a three member conciliation committee to arbitrate the industrial dispute between nurses and county governments.

KNUN maintains that its members will down their tools if a return-to-work formula signed in November last year is not fully implemented.

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The strike will 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.

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

Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Seth Panyako saying 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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This development comes after the union announced on Wednesday that nurses would enforce industrial action if the return-to-work formula is not fully implemented, a move that Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani moved to avert by appointing a three member conciliation committee to reconcile concerned parties.

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