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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Busia nurses appeal to Governor Ojaamong over CBA

Nurses in Busia county protest over the non-implementation of their CBA, June 19, 2017. /JANE CHEROTICH
Nurses in Busia county protest over the non-implementation of their CBA, June 19, 2017. /JANE CHEROTICH

More than 500 striking nurses in Busia have appealed to Governor Sospeter Ojaamong to convince the Council of Governors to sign their pay deal.

They joined more than 25,000 nurses countrywide in taking to the streets to push the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and CoG to sign the CBA.

"They should stop counter-blame and have the document signed. We are ready to return to work as soon as the CBA is signed," said nurses union Branch chair Isaiah Omondi on Monday.

Branch secretary Juliet Adagala said their mission to see the Governor was not politically instigated but to request him to intervene in expediting the signing of the CBA.

But county Health executive member Maurice Saiminyu said SRC wants to talk to nurses to have their demands reduced.

"Our meeting in Nairobi with all 47 county service boards also recommended for the union to end the strike as talks aimed at signing the CBA continue," he said.

Simiyu said the county government has advertised for the employment of 38 more nurses, adding that they are also undertaking re-designation of health workers who have furthered their education in relevant fields.

He asked nurses to return to work to prevent the suffering of patients.

"As a county government, we have made arrangements with private hospitals to offer emergency services in their facilities on our behalf," he added.

He said the budget allocations to the department with financial year is Sh1.9 billion, with 60 per cent for salaries and 40 per cent for development.

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