SLOWDOWN ON WEEK

Striking Embu medics demand audience with leaders

The workers have not been paid their July and August salaries

In Summary

• The medics complained that some of them had stagnated in the same job group for over 15 years, earning interns' salaries.

• They called for investigations on alleged embezzlement of their statutory deductions. They want the Health department to be headed by professionals. 

County assembly Health committee chairman Muturi Mwombo addresses striking Embu health workers on Wednesday.
WE WANT SALARIES: County assembly Health committee chairman Muturi Mwombo addresses striking Embu health workers on Wednesday.
Image: REUBEN GITHINJI

Embu health workers on Wednesday moved to the county assembly, demanding audience with MCAs on the seventh day of their strike over delayed July and August pay.

The workers are also bitter with the Martin Wambora-led administration for non-payment of promised Covid-19 allowances, harmonisation of salaries of both contract and permanent staff, non-remittance of last year’s statutory deductions and lack of promotions in the last 15 years.

The workers said they owed money to landlords and various organisations and fear that their properties might be auctioned. 

Kenya Union of Nurses national chairman Joseph Ngwasi and Kenya Medical Practitioners, Doctors and Dentists Union lower Eastern  chairman Dennis Mugambi said some of their members had stagnated in the same job group for over 10 years, on intern salaries.

The medics urged the county assembly to investigate alleged embezzlement of their statutory deductions.

At the same time, they want the Health department to be headed by professionals. 

The strike has crippled services in all public health institutions.

County Assembly Health Committee chairman Muturi Mwombo said there was a need for urgent dialogue to establish who are the responsible for the problems at the Health department.

The workers, who also camped at the county Executive offices, accused the CECs of resorting to threats and intimidation instead of addressing their concerns.

 

 

Edited by R.Wamochie