x Health Men's Health Children's Health Nutrition and Wellness Reproductive Health Health & Science Digital News Videos Opinions Cartoons Education E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise BULK SMS E-Learning Digger Classified The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
Login ×
BTV
VAS
DCX
RMS

Day three: KNH health workers strike rages on…

Health & Science - By Betty Njeru | September 30th 2020 at 11:51:05 GMT +0300
KNH health workers protest outside the hospital over salary increment. [Beldeen Waliaula/Standard]

The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) workers strike has entered its third day today as patients continue to bear the brunt.

Ambulances with referred patients were turned back as no medical services are being currently offered, and the sick remain untreated at the facility.

The workers who have assembled outside the KNH Accident and Emergency Unit say they are not going back to work until the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) meets their demands.

They faulted SRC for failing to fulfill a promise of better pay.

“We will not relent until SRC gives approval for management to releases the money that was to be paid to us,” said Kennedy Meme of Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels and Hospital Workers.

Further, SRC has this morning responded to the strike saying that it is as a result of demands for pay increase outside the Commission’s advice.

In a statement seen by Standard Digital, SRC clarified that it undertook a job evaluation and determined the relative worth of jobs at KNH in 2017. "The Commission advised KNH on the resultant job evaluation-based salary structure, which KNH has been implementing since 2017, with the last phase implemented with effect from 1 July 2020. Members of staff at KNH have therefore benefited from salary increment," it said.

The Commission maintained that it had taken into account the principles outlined in Article 230(5) of the Constitution, and Section 12(1) of the SRC Act, 2011, "which ensure a fiscally sustainable, rationalised and equitable job grading and salary structures in the public sector."

According to SRC, some of the key principles among them, the need to recognize performance and productivity, transparency and fairness and Equal pay to persons for work of equal value determine the criteria with which to allocate remuneration and benefits.

The union and KNH management were holed up in a meeting on Wednesday morning trying to come up with amicable solutions as the workers protested outside.

According to KTN News, the hospital management said they are ready to sit down and work on a return-to-work-formula.

On Tuesday, the hospital’s union complained that SRC has failed to implement the 7A clause made in 2012, which made KNH to a parastatal and elevated the pay grade of all the employees.

The management regretted that the unresolved business had gotten thus far as to emanate a strike, "given our workers' frontline role in managing and containing the Covid-19 pandemic".

Meme said that hospital staff is overworked and underpaid.

KNUN Secretary-General Seth Panyako accused SRC of failing to harmonise the salaries despite several government agencies giving the go-ahead.

He vowed to reject attempts to engage in dialogue to resolve the standoff.

“What we want is to see SRC give that letter advising Kenyatta National Hospital to effect payment of that money to all affected employees and thereafter the strike will be called off,” he said.

A fortnight ago, Panyako had given both the National and County governments a one-week-notice to resolve the revenue allocation impasse, to allow health workers to be paid in time.

He asked those who were yet to receive salaries to remain at home until they were paid.

“The blood of those who have died in this country shall haunt you. It is on your hands,” he said to the lawmakers.

The three unions; KNUN, KMPDU and the Domestic workers' union accused SRC of being a stumbling block to the approval of the salary increment.

Court has however suspended the strike now in its third day, and a hearing set for October 6.


KNH workers srike SRC Poor pay

Top Stories

MP’s battle with Covid-19 at home
Health & Science - By Mercy Kahenda


Our clotting disease triggered by the sun
Health & Science - By Mactilda Mbenywe


When should a person be pronounced dead?
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


Covid-19: Kagwe warns those using fake certificates as country records 1,554 new cases
Health & Science - By Vincent Kejitan


Blow for Kenyan doctors as court dismiss case to stop foreign doctors
Health & Science - By Paul Ogemba


Uhuru’s Sh930 billion kitty to fight Covid-19
Health & Science - By Dominic Omondi


Kidney specialist Dr Were succumbs to Covid-19
Health & Science - By Mireri Junior


Africa lacks preparedness for virus vaccine roll-out: WHO
Health & Science - By AFP


Covid vaccines: Why the safety process reassures experts
Health & Science - By AFP


How Covid-19 destroys the lung
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


Latest Stories

How Covid-19 destroys the lung
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


Covid vaccines: Why the safety process reassures experts
Health & Science - By AFP


Counties haven't received Covid funds for 3 months, says Ongwae
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


Uhuru’s Sh930 billion kitty to fight Covid-19
Health & Science - By Dominic Omondi


Blow for Kenyan doctors as court dismiss case to stop foreign doctors
Health & Science - By Paul Ogemba


Africa lacks preparedness for virus vaccine roll-out: WHO
Health & Science - By AFP


Covid-19: Kagwe warns those using fake certificates as country records 1,554 new cases
Health & Science - By Vincent Kejitan


Parliament orders release of sh500 million for healthcare workers medical cover
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


Coronavirus remains infectious on surfaces for days by forming a 'pancake-like film'
Health & Science - By Mirror


Covid-19: Kenya records 780 new infections and 10 deaths
Health & Science - By Mercy Asamba


//

Stay Ahead!

Access premium content only available
to our subscribers.

Support independent journalism
×
Log in
Support independent journalism
Create an account    Forgot Password
Create An Account
Support independent journalism
I have an account Log in
Reset Password
Support independent journalism
Log in