Nurses Union calls off planned August strike
29 July 2015, 21:40
Nairobi – The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has called off its nationwide strike that was to commence on 1st August 2014.
KNUN Secretary General, Seth Panyako said they cancelled their planned strike following the Public Service Commission and the Health Ministry’s readiness in writing to engage the Union in negotiations to address raised issues affecting nurses.
Issues the Union wanted addressed include re-designation and promotion of health workers in all counties, signing of Recognition Agreement and Harmonized Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on behalf of all counties and exhaustive and constructive discussion to ensure the return of salaries and other personal emoluments to the National Government before 1st July 2015.
“In spirit of cordial relationaship and to be able to pave way for these negotiations, the National Executive Council has directed that the nationwide strike scheduled from 1st August 2015, be and is hereby called off,” said Panyako.
He said the union and the Council of Governors will pursue the signing of the Recognition Agreement and the CBA to the conclusion for the benefit of members but warned to issue strike notices against uncooperative counties.
Regarding promotions, re-designations, staff shortage and other related issues, Panyako said the matter will be handled separately according to every county’s unique problems and pointed out that Mandera and Wajir counties have already solved the challenges health workers promotions.
“Harmonized Collective Bargaining Agreement will be negotiated between the Union, Ministry of Devolution and Planning and the Council of Governors through the process of social dialogue,” said Panyako.
He urged members to remain calm and continue offering their services as the union pursues negotiations to resolve the nurses’ grievances.
“The devolution of the health sector was done against the Constitution and remains unconstitutional. Governors have failed to manage the health sector and nurses will continue issuing strike notices until their grievances are addressed,” vowed Panyako.
Panyako accompanied by other Union officials announced the cancellation of the strike at a press briefing in Nairobi.
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