REPUBLIC OF KENYA

KNUN calls off strike after government increases nursing allowances

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NAIROBI, Kenya 11 December 2016 – The Government has awarded all cadres of nurses’ quantum increase nursing service allowance bringing to an end a week – long strike called by the Kenya National Nurses Union (KNUN) on 5th December 2016.

The KNUN Chairperson John Biiy suspended the strike and urged all nurses to resume duty with immediate effect after signing the duty resumption agreement with the Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu and the Council of Governor’s representative Hon. James Ongwae at Afya House on Sunday.

Both parties have agreed that there shall be no victimization or disciplinary action against KNUN members who  took part in the industrial action that commenced on 5th December 2016.

The CS and KNUN officials said the signed agreement will be harmonized with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) once registered in court.

According to the agreement nurses in Job Group G-L will receive a top up of KES 20,000 and those in Job Group M and above will get KES 15,000 from January 2017.

The payment will be administered in two phases in the proportion of 60 percent and 40 per cent in the months of January 2017 and July 2017 respectively.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health thanked the KNUN and its leadership for their goodwill and understanding which has contributed to the finalization of the agreement.

“On our part we undertake to continuously engage with all parties to ensure that medical services resume to normalcy across Kenya. We appeal to our doctors to come back to the negotiation table and reconsider the offer we granted them,” said the CS.

He CoG Chairperson, Human Resource, Labour and Social Security Committee, Hon. Ongwae said the CBA will be executed by all County Secretaries and Chairmen of the Public Service Board on 14th December 2016.

“We shall continue to engage the Union to avert any future strike and ensure Kenyans get services uninterrupted,” he argued.