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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kwale nurses hold demos, say state must see they're not maids

Kwale nurses during a demonstration for the implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement, July 17, 2017. /ALLOYS MUSYOKA
Kwale nurses during a demonstration for the implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement, July 17, 2017. /ALLOYS MUSYOKA

Kwale nurses carried on with demonstrations on Monday saying the government must implement their CBA as they are not "maids".

Nurses across the country downed their tools on June 5 and vowed not to return to work until their demands are met.

The CBA gives them Sh40 billion in allowances over four years, but has been rejected by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission as “too expensive”.

"We are ready to go six months without salaries...what is important now is the implementation of the CBA. We recently saw the signing of doctors and teachers' CBAs," Bora said.

He noted no Kenyan is more important than another.

The nurses waved placards reading "Monkeys love peanuts, nurses don’t’, '#002 on strike' and ‘Kenyans need nurses for their health’.

They marched to Governor Salim Mvurya's office, Bora saying counties must pay them as they will not return to work under any other circumstances.

The union's Kwale branch chairman Tobias Onyango said reiterated this.

"We are on strike because of delays by the county government to sign the CBA. Last year, we went on strike and came up with a return-to-work formula. It stipulated that in 60 days we would get our CBA signed but that never happened."

Noting there will be no re-negotiation, Onyango asked the government to commit to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

He urged the government to take full responsibility for their plight.

"We are not affiliated to any political parties. We are a party of KNUN demanding our rights...there is no turning back until our demands are met,"he said.

Branch vice chair Phanice Omega said nurses must return to work for the country to successfully combat diseases such as HIV/Aids and achieve acceptable healthcare standards.

“We were called maids but let people see the situations in our hospitals and know the important roles we play. We cannot go to work anymore without signing the CBA."

More on this: Suspend campaigns, focus on nurses' strike, Haki Africa tells state

Also read: Government blames opposition for nurses’ strike


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