Striking Vihiga nurses meet Governor Ottichilo

Nurses in Vihiga County on Tuesday staged peaceful demonstrations in Mbale town in fresh attempts to push the county government to sign their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The nurses, who later met Governor Wilber Ottichilo, were drawn from all health facilities in the county.

Led by Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Vihiga Branch General Secretary, Mr. Caleb Maloba, the protesters vowed they will not resume duty until the controversial CBA, which proposed their new salary and allowances, is signed.

Though we humanly empathise with suffering patients at our hospitals, there is little we can do until our pay demands are fully addressed by the county government, said Maloba.

Maloba attributed the prolonged nationwide nurses’ strike to what he described as highhandedness position taken by the Council of Governors (CoG).

Addressing the nurses outside his office, Ottichilo pleaded with them to soften their hard-line position as his government finalises scrutiny of issues contained in the CBA.

My government would soon sign the CBA once funds have been disbursed from the national treasury, Ottichilo assured the nurses, adding most of the demands raised in the CBA had been addressed.

The governor identified uniform and risk allowances as the only two items in the document that were yet to be addressed by his government due to unavailability of adequate funds.

The nurses issue is one of the major agenda items that would be deliberated in the forthcoming governors’ summit planned for next month, disclosed Ottichilo.

However, the nurses just like their colleagues in parts of the country, vowed to continue with the strike.

Source: Kenya News Agency