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Nurses threaten more strike action over allowances

04 February 2014, 10:10

Nairobi - Nurses have issued a one week strike notice to the national government following county governments’ decision to withdraw allowances from their salaries.

John Bii from the Nurses Welfare Union said county governments were illegally withdrawing their allowances meant to cater for their uniforms, risk allowance and hardship allowance among others.

“The Kenya National Union of Nurses therefore wishes to inform the county executives and members of the public that we stand by the seven days strike notice. We shall be boycotting work until all the deducted allowances are reinstated unconditionally within the stated time by the government. If no response by the national government then all health workers will have no choice but to participate in the impending industrial action,” said Bii.

Earlier on, the nurses were opposed by the move to devolve health services, a move that placed them under county governments but after a long standoff they gave in due to constitutional requirements that provided for the evolution of health services.

Members of the public have expressed concern over the strike notice with some urging the government to intervene and avert the impending industrial action that often subjected them to intense suffering and medical inattention.

Public health institutions have borne the biggest brunt of previous strikes by the health professionals.

– CAJ News


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