Yattani appoints conciliation committee to avert Nurses strike

Written By: Jackline Wambiru
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Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani has appointed a three member conciliation committee to intervene and avert the looming Nurses strike.

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The development comes after the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) threatened to mobilize its members to down their tools come Monday next week.

The nurses’ union had threatened industrial action starting Monday next week if a return-to-work formula signed in November last year is not fully implemented.

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Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani on Friday moved to avert the impending paralysis of health services in the country by appointing a team of three to reconcile concerned parties.

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Industrial relations expert Harun Mwaura will chair the committee which includes Abisai Ambenge of Federation of Kenya Employers and Benson Okwaro of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU).

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Yattani said the trio will be allocated a secretariat to facilitate their work.

The committee will meet Kenya National Union of Nurses, the Council of Governors and the Ministry of Health officials to clarify contentious issues raised by the nurses.

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At the same time Yattani urged the Kenya National Union of Nurses to shelve the strike saying it would paralyze the health sector.

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