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Nurses hit at government, vow to go on with strike

22 January 2013, 13:16 Oduor Omondi

Nurses in Kisumu have threatened to go back to the streets this week if the government fails to resolve their grievances as directed by the industrial court.

Speaking in Kisumu after a meeting at the Jomo Kenyatta Grounds, Kenya National Union of Nurses Kisumu Branch Secretary General Maurice Odhiambo said the government was not committed in addressing their plight even after the court directed that the issue be resolved amicably.

Odhiambo stated that the government instead continued to issue threats of dismissal to the nurses noting that they will not be cowed by the sack threats.

“Despite the sack threats by the government, we will not halt the strike as it is within our constitutional rights,” he noted.

Odhiambo further took a swipe at the Chief Nursing Officer Chris Rakuom whom he accused of misadvising the government.

He said they will not relent until their union is registered, hitting at Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS) for allegedly misleading nurses over the strike.

Among their grievances is a push to have nurses recruited under the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP), employed on permanent and pensionable terms and a demand for implementation of call allowance for nurses.

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