PAY DISPUTE

Clinical officers in Kisii down tools over delayed salaries

Talks with the county government have collpased

In Summary

• Union official on Sunday asked the members to stay away from work starting Sunday night till the county gives them a favourable response.

• Branch union executive Victor Bwanchete said talks with Governor James Ongwae appear to have collapsed after they failed to strike a deal. 

Kisii Governor James Ongwae
Kisii Governor James Ongwae
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Clinical officers in Kisii have downed tools to push for payment of their delayed salaries.

Union officials on Sunday asked the members to stay away from their work stations beginning from Sunday night until the county gives them "a favourable response".

Branch union executive Victor Bwanchete said talks with Governor James Ongwae had collapsed after they failed to strike a deal. 

"We are talking about more than two months of salary arrears, which the county has refused to remit into our accounts," Bwanchete said at a press briefing in Kisii.

He accused the county government of taking them in circus whenever they have grievances. 

"It is shameful for people who work in critical health positions such as clinical officers to be taken round like clowns. The demand is simple. Pay us and work will go on," Bwanchete added. 

Clinicians, Bwanchete said, play a critical role and it was wrong for the county government to deny them decent life by delaying their pay unnecessarily. 

" Some of our members have already said they are unable to reach their workplaces due to lack of facilitation. It is getting worse because others are running out of food for their families,"  he said.

He told clinicians to wait for further communication from him before they resume work.

" They can now officially leave their work stations and only return when the county responds favourably to our demands," he added.

" Some of those who purport to represent us up there do not know even what we do. Nurses can only speak for themselves, doctors the same and we also need representatives up there to speak for us,"  the unionist said.

Edited by E.Kibii