REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Major public hospitals defies strike and offer health services to Kenyans

Dec

NAIROBI, Kenya, 6 December 2016 – Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and some counties hospitals have defied the doctors and nurses strike to offer services to Kenyans.

Health services in counties such as Bomet are ongoing and members of the public are advised to utilize them, as the government engages the nurses and doctor’s union. “ We are urging members of the public to use these facilities and other private faith based organization as we dialogue with our health workers, said the Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu.

A meeting to resolve the strike dispute is ongoing at the Ministry of Health with Council of Governors and officials of the two unions.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) defied a court order and went on strike on 5th December 2016 to demand for a 300 per and 25 – 45 percent salary increment respectively.

On Monday 5th December 2016, consultative meetings involving the Council of Governors, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of labour, Social Protection and Services and KNUN agreed that within a period of one week all counties should sign Recognition Agreements and within a period of 30 days negotiate and sign Collective Bargaining Agreements with KNUN as negotiations proceeds with both the unions.

According to the National Treasury CS Mr. Henry Rotich the government is in the process of harmonizing pay for all civil servants and must work within the new framework to review the salaries of all public servants.

The Ministry of Health constituted a negotiation on 16th November 2016 team comprising of all stakeholders including Council of Governors, Salaries and Remuneration Commission, National Treasury and the office of the Attorney General to negotiate with KMPDU after a court ruling of October 6, 2016 by  the Employment and Labour Court.