REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Govt. offers pay hike to striking doctors and urges them to resume work

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, 8 December 2016 – The Government has offered to increase pay perk for striking doctors of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union effective January 1, 2017.

The proposed new rate offers medical interns in job group L a minimum monthly gross salary of KSh176, 244 and maximum gross monthly salary of KSh186,214 inclusive of all allowances.

The proposed monthly salary for medical officers in job group M have been increased to KSh196,924 and KSh211,174 respectively, and  those in job group T KSh450,060 and KSh560,980, if the Union accepts the offer.

The proposal was fronted by the National and County governments on Wednesday after an extensive meetings at Afya house.  The two arms of the government have also committed not to victimize or take disciplinary action against members of the union for participating in the ongoing industrial action.

The government further appealed to the striking doctors to call off the strike and resume duty.

On October 6, this year, the Employment and Labour Relations Court delivered a ruling citing the Collective Bargaining Agreement in respect to the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU). About a month and a half later, the Union issued a 21 day strike notice that led to the current industrial action.

Efforts to permanently, amicably and sustainably resolve the underlying issues are ongoing. A negotiation team comprising of the Council of Governors, Salaries and Remuneration Commission, the National Treasury and the office of the Attorney General was formed to spearhead this process and come up with a negotiated agreement as directed by the Court.