Talks to end doctors’ strike inch closer to agreement

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By KBC Reporters

Talks to resolve the industrial dispute that has caused a crisis in the public health sector inched closer to a solution with the government acknowledging the legality of the 2013 Common Bargaining Agreement it signed with the doctors.

The Arbitration talks are spearheaded by Labour Cabinet Secretary Phylis Kandie to find an amicable solution between the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union officials, the ministry of health and the Council of Governors.

Both parties will resume consultations tomorrow (Saturday) to discuss modalities of implementing the agreement.

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The ongoing nationwide strike entered the 11th day today (Friday).

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On Thursday talks between the 3 parties collapsed with the doctors defiant against returning to work until the 2013 CBA agreement is implemented in full.

The government is pleading with the union officials to have them sign a return to work formula as it implements the 2013 CBA agreement.

However, the doctors remain adamant that they will not call off the strike until the agreement that sees a 300% increment of their salary is honored in full by the government.  Similar talks with the three parties hit a deadlock after a 5 hour meeting with the 3 parties.

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The Union that had sent 12 representatives claimed that the CS sought to have the number reduced to 5, a request the union heeded to only for the ministry again to demand the presence of union chairman and his secretary general, a position that stalled the talks.

The Labour and Employment Relations Court ruled the ongoing strike illegal but the doctors defied the order to resume duty.

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The nationwide nurses strike ended Wednesday after the Kenya Union of Nurses (KNUN) signed a recognition agreement with the Council of Governors and the Ministry of Health.

Secretary general Seth Panyako, signed the deal on behalf of the health workers following talks over the salaries stalemate.

Nurses will get quantum increase as follows: Job groups G to L an increase of Ksh20,000 job groups M and above an increase of Ksh15,000.

 

 

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