Trans Nzoia Nurses on a go slow

Nurses in Trans Nzoia are on a go slow over failure by the county government to pay their May and June salaries.

The Secretary General of Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Trans Nzoia Branch, Willy Sifuna gave the county government a 48 hours ultimatum before they commence a major strike.

He said Nurses are now frustrated and it is difficult for them to deliver.

We are on a go slow because our employer has not paid us our May and June Salaries. Our children are suffering in schools, we are demanding that our money be paid or else we proceed for a major strike, he said.

Sifuna said they do not understand why in Trans Nzoia, Nurses have not been paid yet nurses in other counties have been paid their dues.

We know the money for salaries is budgeted for the whole year and a good employer cannot divert money for salaries to other activities, he said.

He regretted that the employer is reluctant to dialogue with them and asked the top leadership at the health institution to stick to their promise of paying nurses by 5th of every month.

He said their financial obligations are currently affected and that they are not sure whether they will manage to service their loans which they are paying with high interest rates.

The Chairman of the Union, Edward Cheruiyot said the delay in paying their salaries is affecting them psychologically, and that they may not be able to effectively deliver their services to the residents.

He added with the delays in salaries, the agenda number four on universal healthcare may not be achieved, specifically in Trans Nzoia County.

Cheruiyot said that healthcare workers who are implementers of the primary healthcare are frustrated as a result.

We also urge residents to rise up since they are the ones who will be affected by the problem, it is your right to demand service delivery from the government, he said.

The Chief Officer in charge of Health, Dr. Maurice Okwabubii said that they are preparing to pay the salaries in question, and blamed the delay to late remittances by the National government.

Source: Kenya News Agency