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Blow to striking nurses as government stops their salaries

31 August 2015, 11:06 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - Striking health workers in Nyeri County have suffered a blow after the local county government stopped their salaries. 

While making the announcement, County executive secretary for health services, Charles Githua Githinji said the 500 nurses will have to show reasons on why they have neglected their duties.

“More than 300 nurses have reported back to work and only 500 who have resisted. We have given them seven days to show cause why they should not be dismissed from service on grounds of desertion of duty,” said Githinji.

He said the County government has held meetings with the nurses’ union, Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), and agreed that their grievances would be addressed.

The nurses in the county went on strike two weeks ago over delayed promotion and re-designation, annual salary increment, recruitment of more nurses and implementation of new house allowance as per the SRC circular.

Githinji stated that despite the government’s pledges that the grievances would be addressed the nurses have refused to resume duties.

He further accused the nurses on defying a court order that was issued by a Nairobi Industrial Court on August 20, this year prohibiting the strike and directing them to resume duties. 

“The affected staff is liable for a disciplinary action in accordance with the Public Service Regulations and action against them is going to be taken,” said Githinji.

He threatened that if the workers fail to resume work their positions will be advertised.

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