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September 24, 2017

Kisii, Nyamira and Migori nurses protest, dismiss CoG and John Bii

Striking nurses match to the Council of Governors office demanding the implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement, June 12, 2017. /JACK OWUOR
Striking nurses match to the Council of Governors office demanding the implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement, June 12, 2017. /JACK OWUOR

Nurses from Kisii, Nyamira and Migori counties on Wednesday staged a protest in Kisii town demanding the signing of their CBA.

Nurses countrywide have been on strike since June 5 in a demand for higher pay and better working conditions.

Kenya National Union of Nurses branch secretaries Moses Rianga (Kisii), Anthony Kebiro (Nyamira) and Achochi Achilo (Migori) led the demonstration.

"We are calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto to push for the signing of the CBA to enable us end the strike which has paralysed health services," Rianga said.

"The CoG is threatening to sack us even while people suffer. We are ready to go but we will remain professionals."

Rianga told the Council of Governor’s, led by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, to stop issuing sacking threats, which he noted amount to intimidation.

He further said Nanok and Kisii Governor James Ongwae, who is in charge of human resources at the council, should push for the CBA to be signed as was the case for lecturers and doctors.

On Tuesday, Nanok said counties are free to advertise nurses' jobs.

He said the strike is illegal after it was declared so by the Industrial court.

More on this: Governors free to advertise nurses' jobs, Nanok says as strike bites

Kebiro said the strike will not end until the Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed, registered in court and implemented.

He told governors to stop talking to nurses union chair John Bii as he does not represent them and added nurses have been pushing for the signing since 2013.

"It is ironic that CBAs for other professionals have been signed."

Read: Save your jobs by ending strike, John Bii tells nurses

Achilo noted families are incurring the higher costs of having their sick treated at private hospitals.

"Private hospitals, not only in the three counties but also in all others, are overwhelmed by the huge number patients."

Also read: Nurses’ turn down governors offer to end strike, dialogue

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