'NO SOLID FRAMEWORK'

Kisii clinical officers on strike over CBA

They cite issues pertaining to promotion of staff and payment of interns

In Summary

• Union boss calls on administration to pay clinical officers recruited three years ago but whose names are yet to be added to payroll 

• He says interns working at referral hospital live in poverty, say they will only return to work when CBA is implemented. 

Kisii Governor James Ongwae
PROMOTIONS: Kisii Governor James Ongwae
Image: FILE

Clinical officers in Kisii on Monday walked off the job over the county's failure to implement a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

They said their constant appeals to the county administration to address their grievances for months have failed to yield any fruit.

Kenya Union of Clinical Officers Kisii boss Victor Bwanchete said many of the issues touch on the promotion of staff and payment of interns.

He said many of that the interns currently working at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital were living in poverty due to poor remuneration.

"We have raised these concerns now and again but nobody seems to listen to us. How can one survive on Sh3,000 a month?" Bwanchete asked.

He said the clinical officers will only return to work only when the CBA is implemented.

"There is no problem in having this document legalised so that we have a solid framework from which we are operating."

He called on the administration to pay the clinical officers recruited three years ago but whose names are yet to be added to the payroll.

"The officers had been going through tough times over the years and their cries are not being heard. It as if they have been abandoned," Bwanchete said. 

Edited by R.Wamochie