Nurses to strike next week, fueling looming turmoil in public service
SEE ALSO :Nurses vow to skip workTalks between teachers and their employer Teachers Service Commission, which were being brokered by the Labour ministry, have also reportedly hit a deadlock. Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) affirmed that it had been pursuing the full implementation of the negotiated return-to-work agreement entered on November 2, 2017, in terms of enhanced nursing Service Allowance and Uniform Allowance, between the two levels of government and the union. To date, the anticipated implementation of the agreement has not been fully honoured by the National and county governments. The union faulted the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) for constant misinformation even after various county governments committed to paying the money through their budget systems in the financial year 2018/2019. “We want to report that the agreement has not been fully implemented by the two levels of government, apart from three counties,” said Knun Secretary General Seth Panyako. Mr Panyako said the SRC had gone further to issue three conditions to be justified by the county governments as a gateway to enable the commission give authority to pay. They are affordability, fiscal sustainability, fairness and equity. He said 20 counties had not been issued with strike notices after they pledged to pay the allowances in full at the end of January and some in February. They are Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Bomet, Bungoma, Busia, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kakamega, Kericho, Kilifi, Lamu, Laikipia, Meru, Nakuru, Nandi, Narok, Siaya, Makueni, Turkana and Nyamira counties. Machakos, Mombasa and Migori honoured and implemented the agreement fully.
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