Nakuru nurses issue two-week strike notice

Nakuru nurses will join the nationwide strike on February 18, 2019. [Photo, Standard]

Nakuru nurses will join the nationwide strike on February 18, the local Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has declared.

The union officials said talks with the county government over implementation of the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on risk and uniform allowances has failed. The Branch Secretary General Syprene Odera said health workers devolved from the national government will not report to work until the money is paid.

“CBA was signed by all parties, but it seems to the county is reluctant to pay, this is why we shall too down our tools to compel pay,” she said.

The union has about 1,000 members - each expected to receive Sh15,000 uniform allowance per year and Sh23,000 nursing service allowance monthly.

They have vowed to paralyse services in about 100 public hospitals in the region.

Their representative said it is unfortunate that patients will suffer because of an issue that could have been solved. The strike notice was issued to the county government on Wednesday, but the county government said they cannot comment on a matter already before court.

The CBA was signed between CBA, COG and nurses on November 2, 2017 and the agreement constituted a return to work formula.

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KNUNKenya National Union of NursesCBABranch Secretary General Syprene Odera