KENYA: GOVERNORS READY TO HOLD TALKS WITH NURSES TO END STRIKE

NAIROBI, Kenya’s Ministry of Health and the Council of Governors now say they are ready to hold talks with the nurses’ union to end the over one month old strike.

Both parties say they are ready for negotiations to resolve the dispute which has seen services in almost all public health facilities ground to a halt.

The nurses have vowed to stay put until their CBA is signed and implemented by the Council of Governors.

Led by the National Chairman of the National Nurses Association Alfred Obengo and his Kenya Progressive Nurses Association counterpart Thaddeus Mayaka, the nurses cited frustration with the government’s failure to implement the deal arrived at by both the National and County Governments last month.

The two leaders called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene in order to help stop the suffering of patients.

The National Nurses Union of Kenya and Kenya progressive Nurses Association say it would be grave if the country goes to the polls with the strike still on.

Last week, the Central Organization of Trade union- COTU called on doctors to join striking nurses in order to pressurize on the National and County Governments to sign and register the nurses’ Collective Bargaining Agreement in Court.

COTU Deputy Secretary General Ernest Nadome questioned why the Government has remained silent on the nurses strike yet it met doctors’ demands when they downed tools.

The healthcare workers have been on strike for the last 57 days leaving thousands of desperate patients without medical care. They downed their tools to clamour for higher pay and allowances.

The Striking nurses have remained adamant that they will not go back to work until their Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed and deposited in Court.

COTU is now accusing National and County Governments for turning a blind eye to the nurses’ plight.

The Council of Governors denounced the Ksh40 billion nurses Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was reached in December and presented to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission as proposed pay hike for nurses.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK