Striking KNH workers resume duty

Kenyatta National Hospital health workers have complied with a court order and temporarily suspended their three-day strike.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday, union officials jointly directed their members to resume duty immediately pending the hearing and determination of the case filed by the hospital.

The application by the hospital which has been certified as urgent will be heard on October 6.

Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (Kudheiha), Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentist Union (KMPDU) leaders however said they will go on with the strike if their grievances are not addressed.

KMPDU secretary general Chibanzi Mwachonda has given the hospital management three weeks to implement the proposed salary increment.

The workers are demanding implementation of resolutions from the State Corporation Advisory Committee that was passed in 2012, which upgraded the hospital’s parastatal status from 3C to 7A status.

He dismissed claims by the Salaries and Renumeration Commission that their demands were outside the commission’s advice on a pay rise.

The commission said that health workers at the facility are already enjoying salary increment for the existing remuneration review cycle for 2017/2018 to 2020/2021.

SRC has said it will conduct another job evaluation in a bid to resolve the issue.

The leaders said they will adhere to the court order and allow more room for negotiations.


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