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February 19, 2018

Payslips for Trans Nzoia nurses withdrawn, staff protests move

Trans Nzoia nurses follow up county assembly proceedings yesterday after their payslips were withdrawn
Trans Nzoia nurses follow up county assembly proceedings yesterday after their payslips were withdrawn

The payslips for nurses in Trans Nzoia county have been withdrawn.

Kenya National Union of Nurses branch secretary Willy Sifuna said on Tuesday they tried to download their payslips and were shocked to learn they are no longer on the payroll.

The nurses sought help from the county assembly.

Speaking at the assembly, Sifuna said it is against ;rocedure for the county government to remove them from the payroll.

“According to the law, before an employer takes action against an employee, the employer must communicate officially. The county government has not done that,” he said.

“The county government has no reason to deny striking nurses their salaries. It is their constitutional right to protest over failure to honour the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

He said their efforts to engage with th county secretary failed.

Members of the county assembly have asked Governor Patrick Khaemba to expedite the appointment of county executive committee members to end the stalemate.

Speaking at the assembly on Tuesday, Hospital Ward MCA Eric Wafula said if the executives had been appointed, they would help find a solution for the strike.

He urged the county government to pay nurses their three months’ salaries.

Wafula said residents have been asking leaders for financial assistance because they cannot afford the cost of treatment in private hospitals..

“The nurses’ strike is giving us a hard time. The current economic situation is difficult. Some residents are approaching us for help in meeting medical costs,” he said.

Wafula was speaking during a session when nurses went to petition the county government through Nabiswa Ward MCA Martin Jamanur.

Jamanur said by denying nurses their salaries, the county government was failing since it has made little efforts to address the strike which has paralysed services in public hospitals.

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