Strikes bode ill for the country, sort out differences amicably
SEE ALSO :State moots monthly stipend for the poorThough civil servants in Kenya have not staged a strike for a long time, this is likely to come to end should the government fail to meet the February 15 deadline to review house allowances. Clearly, the government is caught between a rock and a hard place, but there is no escaping the reality that the country cannot afford another strike at this moment in time. There is too much going that industrial action will interfere with, which is why parties concerned should seek an amicable solution. In particular, having committed to meeting the Universal Health Care (UHC) goals and timelines, a strike by nurses; critical players in the implementation of UHC, will throw the spanner in the works for one of President Kenyatta’s Big 4 pillars. A strike by teachers will greatly undermine the noble concept envisaged in the roll-out of the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). After several false starts, CBC was rolled out this year and nothing should be allowed to get in the way of its seamless implementation. The negative cost to the economy when workers go on strike cannot be overemphasized. Because Kenyans cannot be subjected to perpetual suffering just because two parties to a dispute cannot find a common ground, dialogue is the way out.
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