Nurses union threaten to strike again over allowances

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Nairobi,KENYA:Kenya National Nurses union has given county governments across the country one day to honour nurses service allowance pay as agreed in the collective bargaining agreement failure to which they will recall the strike.

Deputy chair Joseph Ngwasi threatened that nurses will go to strike on 2nd February to protest against county governments’ failure to pay nurses allowances as agreed before calling off the strike.

“The government has dragged its feet concerning the nurses service allowance which was offered for us to call off the strike.This is what we are telling the government ,by closure of business tomorrow, if the nurses service allowance would have not been paid ,our members shall commence with the strike on 2nd February.” He said

However, Ngwasi noted that some counties including Bomet ,Machakos HomaBay and the national have already paid the allowances .

The union urged Government to desist from interfering with the union’s internal affairs.

“The union has its constitution, the union belongs to the nurses and the union does not belong to the employer. So we are requesting the government to leave the union to operate and to use its own mechanisms of running its own affairs.”He said

Nurses’ union officials have called off their national strike December last year after Governors signed to recognize their Collective Bargaining Agreement, a decision that has earned the caregivers of up to Sh20, 000 monthly allowances.
Meanwhile doctors are still on strike until their demands for better pay are met.

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