Council of governors urge nurses to resume work as govt fast tracks pay

Governors in Kenya at a past function. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Council of governors has urged nurses to resume work and allow the government and Salaries and Renumeration Commission to fast track talks to resolve the nurses stalemate .

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Monday, the chair of council of governors Josephat Nanok and Health ministry principal secretary Mr Julius Koris, said that there is need for the union to give involved parties time to continue with the negotiations to resolve nurses demands.

He said that negotiating parties which include nurses union ,county and national government have concluded collective bargaining agreement indicating that the agreement has been forwarded to SRC to be worked upon.

“Once SRC makes a pronouncement on the matter county governments will go ahead and sign the CBA with the nurses union.”Nanok said.

He said that the government has offered sh. 3.4 billion for nurses allowances in every financial year out of sh. 40 billion being demanded by the union .

“This amount requires huge adjustment of budgets for both national and county governments to cater for it.However ,the government is still in talks with the nurses union to come up with an amicable solution.”He said.

The nurses union issued a strike notice which was to commence today on Monday accusing council of governors for sabotaging the signing and registration of the 2016 CBA deal.