Nurses in Bomet threaten to strike over un-paid salaries

Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) Bomet branch has threatened to mobilize its members to down tools following a two months’ salary delay. The union officials led by branch secretary Mr. Vincent Rono said nurses in public hospitals will go on strike due to non-payment of salaries for the last two months by the County government of Bomet. We are only giving the county government one week to pay all medical staff their salaries or else we shall down our tools until we are paid, Mr. Rono said. He said that many of his members were unable to meet their financial obligations due to delays in the payment of May, June and now the July salaries. Where does the executive think our members will get money to pay for their rent, school fees or even buy food? Mr Rono lamented. He said that there was lack of communication from the county government as nurses and other health staff have been visiting banks only to find that money had not been posted to their accounts. Mr. Rono at the same time complained of lack of working equipment, medicine and even simple hospital supplies such as gloves in many health facilities in the region. We want the Governor to come clean and explain to us why we have not been paid and yet we have been rendering services as required he said. He said little was going on in all public health facilities in the County since it was not possible to dispense medicine which was not available in their stores. Many patients are just examined by clinical officers and they are given subscriptions to go and buy medicines from their local chemists, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency