Nurses union to go on strike starting Monday next week over CBA

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) National Chairman Joseph Ngwasi, Secretary General Seth Panyako, Deputy Secretary General Maurice Opetu and other Union members address a press conference in the past.Nurses have threatened to strike in 21 days PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: The Kenya National Union of Nurses has announced that the union will execute a strike come Monday next week over what it terms failure by the government to implement the 2016 collective bargaining agreement.

In a media briefing in Nairobi led by the union’s sec general Maurice Opetu ,said that the collective agreement entered between the union and the two levels of government has not been implemented.

Opetu complains that they have no option but call for a strike after the union postponed the strike scheduled for March this year, whereby the two levels of government were to sign the CBA on 11th May which did not transpire .

“Kenya National Union of Nurses,do hereby declare that nation wide strike will commence on 5th June 2017 until CBA is signed and registered in court as agreed in the meeting of 26 May 2017″Opetu said

He indicated that following the government’s failure to honour their demands they have to push the government to implement the CBA which will see harmonization and other monetary welfare to the nurses.

Opetu accused the chief executive officer of the council of governors for sabotaging the whole process.

“The union painfully notes that the chief executive officer of COG is and has been the major stumbling block in the realization of the CBA of the nurses.”Opetu said.