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March 18, 2018

KNH nurses call off strike after two days

Some of the KNH nurses idling outside the hospital when hey went on strike.19-06-2013.Photo/Chrispinus Wekesa
Some of the KNH nurses idling outside the hospital when hey went on strike.19-06-2013.Photo/Chrispinus Wekesa

Kenyatta National Hospital nurses yesterday said that they will only call off the strike once they sign a return to work formula.

The nurses said on Wednesday, the government had agreed to pay their arrears.

They went on strike on Wednesday demanding that the government pays them Sh1.3 billion it owes.

Under the leadership of Kenya Union of Domestic, Hospital, Educational Institutions and Health Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA), the nurses said KNH refused to fulfill its part after they signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

KUDHEIHA officials led by Albert Njeru said that the government had agreed to implement the collective bargaining agreement from July 1.

They said the industrial court ordered in 2011 that they should be given a 46 per cent salary increment, 23 per cent house allowance and Sh1,000 to Sh2,000 leave allowance.

“We the workers are impressed by the government’s move. We are now preparing to sign a return to work formula. We do not want to see patients die,” Njeru said.

He said as soon as they sign the return to work formula, they will resume work.

However, Cabinet secretary for Health James Macharia yesterday called on the nurses to resume duty and promised to ensure they get all their benefits.

Macharia said the government will ensure the full implementation of the CBA of 2009 to 2013 from next month.

Outgoing KNH CEO Richard Lesiyampe said their benefits will include a 46 per cent salary increment.

Operations at the Country’s top referral hospital were still paralyzed.

Some of the patient’s walked away to go seek alternative treatment in private hospitals.

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