August 18, 2017

CS Mailu proposes solution to end nurses strike

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr Cleopa Mailu has asked striking nurses to end the ongoing industrial action as stakeholders work on resolving the conflict around the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

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

“The SRC had given clear guidelines over the same. My appeal is to the unions to restore services to Kenyans as the talks go on over the CBA,” said Mailu.

The CS pointed out that the dispute was between the Council of Governors and the Nurses union, and there was need for the two parties to find a quick solution.

He, however, assured that the Health Ministry would convince the two parties to come to an agreement to aid suffering Kenyans.

“Of course, this is a dispute between county governments and the union and they know how to handle it. As a Ministry, we will try our best to see the two parties come to an agreement so that Kenyans cannot suffer anymore,” Mr Mailu stated.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) reiterated last week that workers would not go back to work unless they sign the CBA they crafted with the CoG.

KNUN’s Acting Secretary General Morris Opetu indicated that the CoG was insincere in conducting the CBA talks.

“The union has a clear position; that they have negotiated, agreed and concluded the CBA ready for signing. Even in the words of the CoG itself, we have them on record asking us for a date to sign the CBA and we gave them so whatever they’re still doing with our CBA it is them who can explain,” Mr Opetu explained to the media at the Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection headquarters in Nairobi.

Opetu stated that the draft CBA forwarded to the SRC by CoG’s Chief Executive Officer Jacqueline Mogeni was in fact a deal that had been arrived at as a result of talks between the union and the governors’ council.

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