September 20, 2017

Union says nurses should be well remunerated

By Jude Titus

The Kenya National Union of Nurses has demanded that Nurses in Kenya should have their pay harmonized as well as a pension scheme established for them.
‘‘Nurses have been mistreated and undermined in Bomet and Nairobi counties. In Nairobi 64 nurses have been sacked while another 74 have not received their salaries since December last year while nurses in Migori, Busia, Bomet and Kwale have not been promoted,’’ indicated Seth Panyako, the union’s secretary general.
Mr. Panyako said that they will not accept a situation where nurses in Kenya are paid like cleaners giving an example whereby a nurse gets paid a house allowance of Sh2, 700. He was speaking during the launch of the 12-day International Nurses celebrations at Gusii Stadium.
Health workers in Meru County vowed to down their tools yesterday after talks between them and the County Government hit a dead end.
Union officials who attended a meeting arranged by the County Secretary Julius Kimathi on Tuesday, left to protest an invitation to the media for a joint press conference to ‘call off the strike’.
They indicated that county officials had not briefed them prior to inviting the media and there was no consensus reached after the three-hour meeting at the county government offices.
Seth Panyako, the union’s secretary general also touched on the Health Bill and said that the proposed law was flawed and had not been shared with the public for their say.
‘‘The Bill is out of touch with the aspirations of Kenyans; contributions by healthcare workers were trashed by some people in Government to satisfy their personal interests. The nursing fraternity will be rendered useless with such provisions,’’ he said.
In August 2015 Governors called for amendments to the Health Bill saying it does not recognize the roles of county and national governments.

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