April 23, 2018

Nurses end strike after governors sign to recognise CBA

Nurses have on Wednesday (14/12/16) ended their national strike after governors signed to recognise their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The CBA has earned the health workers up to Sh20,000 monthly allowances.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) suspended the ten day strike after county governments led by Council of Governors Chair Peter Munya agreed to sign the recognition agreement.

“Talks on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2013 will begin in January. For now, we have reached an agreement with the counties to end the strike,” said KNUN Secretary-General Seth Panyako.

In the agreement signed by KNUN, the nurses are set to have their allowances increased.

“That the Government of Kenya has agreed to offer to all Nurses Monthly Increase (Nursing Service Allowance) as follows: Job Group (G-L)- Sh20,000 and Job Group (M and above)- Sh 15,000,” a statement on the agreement read in part.

The allowances will be paid in two portions in the ratio of 60:40. The first 60-percent will be awarded on January 1 while the second 40-percent will be effective on July 1, 2017.

According to the Standard, the parties also agreed to shelve the discussion on Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that sought to harmonise salaries of nurses working both in counties and national government.

“The parties have agreed to formulate a CBA for the period 2017-2021 within two months effective January 1, 2017 but in any case not later than March 2, 2017,” read the agreement also signed by CoG Human Resource Chair James Ongwae his health counterpart Jack Ranguma and KNUN Chair John Bii.

The nurses will resume their duties without doctors who have insisted that their strike is still on as their union is yet to reach an agreement with the Government.

According to demands by the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU), doctors want a 300 per cent salary increment as the CBA signed in 2013 stipulates.

This should see the lowest paid doctor pocket Sh342,000 and the highest pocket slightly over Sh940,000 away from the current remuneration of Sh500,000 for the highest paid and Sh40,000 for the lowest paid.

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