Nurses union threaten to take legal action against SRC

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: Kenya Nurses Union has threatened to go to court and enhance its strike to protest Salaries and Remuneration commission’s move to band and demote nurses in their relevant job groups.

In a media briefing in Nairobi ,sec general Seth Panyako said that the union vehemently opposes the SRC job evaluation it released whereby nurses have been downgraded in their job groups whereby affected groups include job group H to A which is the lowest in the civil service.

He said that the union will meet other health stakeholders in the health sector due next week to enhance the strike and go to court to compel the SRC to discard their report which he terms as demeaning.

“The union will be moving to court in the absence of any clarification from SRC to have the entire job evaluation exercise stayed and an indepent audit by Kenya Public service Human Resource Profession re –undertake the job evaluation through the guidance of public service commission .”Panyako said.

He demanded that SRC banding report and circular be withdrawn in its entirety urging nurses to ignore the report insisting that union will do all at its disposal to ensure the accurate report is realized through the right process.

They also demanded an apology from the SRC for what they term as insulting nurses urging SRC to withdraw their banding until the union is involved.

He said that the union has yet to receive any confirmation from Public Service commission that the report by SRC on grading is acceptable.