Nurses set to strike, again

Nurses have threatened to strike again on February 1, saying their payslips do not reflect the allowances they were promised last year.

The nurses called off a strike that lasted for three weeks in late last year, after the ministry of Health and Council of Governors intervened to find a solution.

The strike was called off on December 16, after they were promised sh15,000 and sh20,000 in allowances for the lower and other cadres respectively.

According to the Nation, Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary-general Seth Panyako said nurses would resume their strike because “the government has proven over and over again that it cannot keep its word”.

“Our faith is eroded. We make one step ahead and many others back,” an agitated Panyako said.

According to Panyako, the government is yet to honour the pledges it made as part of an agreement to resume work, which included the signing, registering and implementing of their collective bargaining agreement.

The nurses’ strike comes a few days after clinical officers made demands on the government and threatened to go on strike as well.

The government has not found a solution to the current doctor’s strike, which has lasted for 55 days now, with the latest announcement from the nurses set to worry the government. 

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