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Doctors in Kitui County issue 14-day strike notice over 'labour injustices'

Doctors in Kitui County have issued a 14-day strike notice over what they termed ‘labour injustices’.

The doctors said failure by the county to address all their concerns within the 14 days that lapses on Feb 7, 2024, will lead to withdrawal of services.

This comes after a meeting with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union officials where a stark of challenges ranging from labour exploitation, career stagnation, and broken promises were raised.

KMPDU Secretary General Dr Davji Atellah said in the meeting the doctors agreed that the toll on their well-being, including the brink of depression, is undeniable. 

“In response, a resolute decision was made, issuing a 14-day strike notice. This powerful stand against labour injustices is a testament to our unwavering commitment. As we navigate towards a better future, solidarity remains our anchor,” Atellah said.

He said the meeting that charted the way forward focused on the chronic issues affecting their work performance.

In attendance were the deputy Secretary General Dr Dennis Miskellah, the National Deputy Chairperson Dr Kahura Mundia and the Lower Eastern branch officials led by Dr Charles Okumu, Dr Edwin Muriithi, Dr Edward Kamolo and CLO Dr Khamis Suleiman.

Atellah said the doctors shared their harrowing labour exploitation experiences including years of unbearable staff shortages and suffering with burnout, years of career stagnation and demotivation following stalled job growth promotions.

They also expressed concerns over years of denial of postgraduate study leaves and years of empty rhetoric and promises to resolve issues by the county government administration.

“We must admit that the plan to frustrate and mistreat doctors to the brink of depression can no longer be taken as business as usual and it must be put to a halt. The 2017 CBA, Employment Act, and all labour laws must be adhered to,” he said.

Atellah added, “A crocodile-infested river cannot be easily crossed by an individual and as a group, we urge all doctors to be our brothers' and sisters' keepers in maintaining the dignity of our profession and pushing back against all forms of labour injustices.”

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