MOU SIGNED

Meru health workers end two-day strike

Unions sign deal after six hours of a closed-door meeting with county government representatives.

In Summary
  • They agreed that the healthcare workers would return to work immediately and would not be victimised.
  • The medics had downed their tools leaving patients in agony for  two days.

Meru Deputy Governor Titus Ntuchiu has convinced health workers to end their strike and return to work. 

Ntuchiu, who is also the Finance executive, said the government was keen to address the health workers' grievances but lacked funds.

 
 

“I want to thank the health workers for the spirit of negotiation which we have pledged to promote in an effort to address health workers' plight especially during this time of Covid-19," he said.

 

Ntuchiu told the workers that industrial action should be the last resort and that they should first engage the government for an amicable solution.

The union officials representing doctors, clinical officers’ nurses, lab technologists and pharmacists signed the deal after more than six hours of a closed-door meeting.

Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Upper Eastern chair Dr Dennis Mugambi said they agreed on immediate application for re-designation and harmonisation.

The nurses union secretary general Nesbit Mugendi concurred with executive led by Ntuchiu, Health executive Misheck Mutuma, County Secretary Rufus Miriti and Medical Services chief officer James Kirimi on phased implementation of their agreement.

Miriti and Kirimi said healthcare workers will return to work immediately and  will not be victimised for taking part in the industrial action.

 

Suspended clinical officers secretary general Moses Baiyenia attended the meeting.

The medics had downed their tools leaving patients in agony for two days, accusing the devolved unit of failing to promote them.

 

According to the agreement, workers with promotion letters will have their salaries adjusted in their payroll starting next month.

Mugendi said they agreed that those without the letters apply for promotion for consideration in September.

The unions have been engaging the Kiraitu Murungi administration to reach an amicable solution to their woes.

They had accused the devolved unit for failing to remit deductions for two financial years, promote all cadres and address the shortage of staff among other pertinent issues.

 “We have agreed to hold regular meetings to review implementation of all the issues agreed to avert any possible strike,” Ntuchiu said.

Edited by Henry Makori