COG threatens fire striking nurses after a week

Turkana governor Josephat Nanok who is also the chairman of the COG . Governors have backed the referendum call PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi,KENYA:Council of governors have issued an ultimatum of one week to  striking nurses to resume work or else be sacked.

This is after all governors held a consultative meeting to discuss the nurses strike that has transitionally paralyzed services in public hospitals across the country.

Addressing the media on Thursday in Nairobi,  the council of governors chair Josphat Nanok,alluded that the ongoing strike of nurses is actually illegal as the nurses engaged in strike while negotiations on their Collective Bargaining Agreement CBA were taking place, which is regarded as an act of bad faith.

“From the consultation amongst county governments and the Salary and remuneration Commission,the CBA as demanded by nurses cannot be implemented in its current form” Warned Nanok.

The council issued warning where the nurses that tend to fail to comply with there stipulated terms of going back to work, will face the axe of being sacked with immediate effect and there after to hire new Nurses on contract bases.

The chair insisted that,failure and ignorance by nurses to obey the order will force and affect even their salaries as they will not be paid at all.

“In this event,interested candidates will make applications to the specific counties where they would  want to work in.” Noted Nanok.

However, the governors have agreed to work with those that will abide by their sentiments as they will pay all unpaid salaries and negotiations with the CBA would proceed and be finalized.

Despite the industrial actions that have been witnessed in the health sector, Nanok reiterated that, county health services  will remain a county function.