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Mombasa County health workers warn of looming strike

31 March 2015, 18:44 Ken Wekesa

Nairobi - Mombasa Kenya Union of Nurses has given the county government of Mombasa a 14 day ultimatum to clear outstanding remittances that have accumulated for over 8 months.

The Mombasa branch of the nurses union has accused the county government of failing to remit the union deduction of the new recruited members and sacco loans deductions amounting to over KES 22 million.

Speaking to the press at the Coast General Hospital the branch secretary Peter Maroko said the nurses will down their tools if the county government fails to act with the 14 day ultimatum.

“Our statutory deductions cannot be accounted for as many of this amounts have not been remitted and most members with loans from organizations have been blacklisted and cannot process any loans” said Maroko.

Maroko sentiments were echoed by the union trustee Joshua Mwailogho, he said that the Mombasa county government had neglected their demands entirely and that they will push on for the strike if the county government does not clear the remittances that have denied the nurses vital services.

He said that most members with bank loans have been black listed by the institution and the county government has not moved in to address the issue.

Mwailogho said that the county government had also failed to address the shortage of nurses after it promised to employ 50 nurses in January this year.

“The county government has been making false promises to the union, they had promised to employ 50 nurses yet that has not been implemented date” said Mwailogho.

The union trustee said nurses in all Mombasa hospitals and clinics will keep of the working centers if their demands will not have been addressed within the 14 days.

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