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Panic as 900 nurses threaten to strike over salaries

19 November 2014, 16:27 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Health services in public hospitals within Nyeri County are set to be paralysed from next week after more than 900 nurses threatened to go on strike if the government fails to honour their pay increase demands.

While addressing media in Nyeri town, the nurses accused the government of refusing to sign a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) drafted at the beginning of this year.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) branch Treasurer, John Leiyan said the nurses will not deliver services as from Sunday midnight.

“We urge all people with patients in public hospitals to know that the strike will start on Monday and there will be no one to take care of them,” the medic announced.

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Leiyan said the union also wants employment formalisation of nurses who were employed through Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) and are yet to be given job contracts.

He accused the cabinet secretary in charge of health services, James Macharia of misleading the workers since he had promised them employment.

“The government is just giving promises without fruits. They pledged to give our 171 ESP nurses formal employment but are yet to be implemented. The CBA must be fulfilled if not we shall boycott work and disrupt delivery of services,” said Leiyan.

He explained that the proposal to employ the ESP nurses and recruit more is aimed at easing nurses’ shortage in the country.

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