AG seeks out of court settlement in health workers crisis
25 December 2013, 08:29
Nairobi - The Attorney General, Githu Muigai, is seeking to find an amicable solution in resolving the health workers strike crisis, a court heard Tuesday.
The AG through state lawyers Paul Ojwang, Mwangi Njoroge and Peter Ngumi told Industrial Court judge Maureen Onyango that due to the ongoing negotiation between the County Governments, the ministry of health and the health workers’ Union officials, an amicable spirit should be embraced in solving the dispute even if the matter is in court.
“Parties have continued discussing and are coming to a tentative agreement and bearing in mind the strength of amicable solutions as supported by the Labour Relations Act and the willingness of the Unions officials to have discussion, we ask for the hearing dates to be taken out but come back to report on development in two weeks’ time,” Mr Njoroge said.
The state lawyers also said that the talks needed to find factual information from the health workers’ Union officials and County Governments in reaching to a solution for the health provision services crisis which will be in line with the constitution and schedule 4 of the constitution.
However the state lawyers also requested for an extension of the court order stopping the health workers strike so that health workers and their Unions officials do not take pride in failing to appear before court.
“We request that the orders given by Justice David Majanja be further extended so that the health workers and their Unions officials do not think they are not obliged for not appearing in court, the initial interim orders and extension of the order restraining strike from continuing have been effectively served to satisfaction though,” Mr Njoroge said.
Lady Justice Maureen allowed the requests and acceded to their pleas.
The Attorney General had filed a case against health workers and their Union officials who were to respond or give their grounds of opposition as to whether the strike was illegal or not in seven days.
The health workers union officials had not responded or appear in court yesterday.
Justice James Rika had extended orders by Justice Majanja halting the strike.
The case will be on January 15.
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