Nairobi, KENYA: The Kenya National Union of Nurses has vowed that the national medics strike which commenced today has to go on until the government signs 2013 collective bargaining agreement.
Addressing the media in Nairobi on Monday led by their union’s sec gen Seth Panyako, they said that the government is not sincere by saying they failed to sign the agreement;when it was the National government that actually failed to do so.
The union says they will only sit and negotiate with the government only when the CBA is signed and ratified in court.
“I will not call off this strike until the harmonized collective bargaining agreement is signed, government gives commitment from the treasury that there is money to fund this CBA ,SRC writes a letter to court saying it has allowed this CBA to be implemented , CBA is registered in court . When that one happens ,we will call off the strike immediately.” Panyako said.
The union’s decision in calling for a country wide strike on Monday, has paralyzed operations in various hospitals across the country.
Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu on Sunday said that the strike notice by Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) and Kenya Medical Practitioners and Pharmacists Union (KMPDU) was premature as the 90 days a court had given had not elapsed.
KMPDU, doctors demands a 300 per cent salary increment as the CBA signed in 2013 stipulates.
This should see the lowest paid doctor pocket Sh342,000 and the highest get Sh. 940,000 away from the current remuneration of Sh. 500,000 for the highest paid and Sh.40,000 for the lowest paid.
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Council of governors and other nurses union officials are held in a meeting in Nairobi in bid to avert the crisis.