Relief as Nurses Union call off the strike

Relief as Nurses Union call off the strike

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Kenyan nurses during a past strike PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Nurses are set to end their 10-day strike and resume duty with immediate effect.

This is after the Kenya National Union of Nurses KNUN through it Secretary General, Seth Panyako,  called off the strike after reaching an agreement with the Council of Governors and the Ministry of Health.

Addressing the press on Wednesday, Panyako expressed his satisfaction saying they struck a deal which will see their grievances addressed in Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations starting January next year.

The bargain offered nurses an annual payout of sh. 20,000 for those between Job groups G-L and sh. 15,000 for nurses in Job Groups M and above.

Sixty per cent of it will be paid in January next year and the remainder on July 1.

According to Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, the pay rise is likely to cost taxpayers sh. 7 billion annually.

The nurses’ strike which lasted for 10 days is reported to have cost 20 deaths around the country.