November 14, 2018

Cartels blocking solution to end nurses strike revealed

Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Seth Panyako, has accused cartels of frustrating their efforts to have a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which is set to harmonise their salaries.

Speaking on Friday (16/06/17), Mr Panyako noted that though the nurses were willing to negotiate with the Government, some individuals within the Council of Governors (CoG) we’re working with interested parties to weaken their efforts.

Panyako further pointed out that the Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, had a role to play in the ongoing strike after the CS earlier said it was purely a mandate of the Governors to address their grievances.

“We must tell the world what is happening. This is why Kenyans are dying. Those people who did the constitution were not fools because they knew the financial implication of any CBA. It is the National Government to negotiate the CBA for the entire country,” he said.

According to Panyako, the Governor’s have no mandate in negotiating a Collective Bargaining Agreement within the constitution, since it is the role of the National Government to set the labor standards of the country.

A press conference on Friday by KNUN officials to address the ongoing strike turned chaotic with opposing members almost exchanging blows following disagreements over who should address the stalemate.

The KNUN national chairman, John Bii, had called for a media briefing to address the issue that is now in its third week when a group led by Deputy Secretary General, who is also the Ag. Secretary General, Maurice Opetu, stormed the meeting.

The Health CS Mr Mailu had earlier asked striking nurses to end the ongoing industrial action as stakeholders work on resolving the conflict around the CBA.

He noted that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) had already given a way forward to solve the stalemate.

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