By Michael Wesonga
The over 3,000 workers led by their officials want the Government and the hospital management to take adequate steps to address their grievances. They said failure to do so would lead to a strike beginning August 13, 2012.
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union Secretary General Mogeni Mogaka led the workers in issuing the strike threat. He said since inception, the hospital has been unable to run efficiently because of under-funding.
âThe institution is faced with a budget deficit in excess of Sh4 billion in the current financial year contrary to its status of a national referral hospital,â said the doctor.
Also present were the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) and the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers officials and members.Â KNUN secretary General Mr Sammy Cheserek said they want their salaries harmonised with the rest of the civil service.
They said MTRH staff were yet to enjoy salaryÂ raise earlier announced by Public Service Minister DalmasOtieno like their counterparts in other government hospitals.
âHouse allowance and commuter allowance are paid at 40 per cent of what our colleagues receive,â complained Cheserek.