Doctors’ union officials to know their fate on Friday

KMPDU officials addresses Journalists the court will issue a ruling on the contempt of court charges  against them on 3rd Feb 2017.

BY KORIR JUMA ,NAIROBI,31ST JAN,2017-Doctors’ union officials will know their fate on Friday, February 3, Labour Relations Court Judge, Hellen Waslilwa, has said – this coming as union officials presented themselves before the Milimani-based Court after the expiration of the January 30 negotiation deadline.The Court had issued a 5-day extension to the effecting of a month-long jail sentence for Kenya Medical and Practioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) bosses, allowing for talks between the court and the government.

Addressing the court Monday, doctors asked the court to allow them to make an application for the suspension of the jail term, saying that return-to-work talks would grind to halt their officials were jailed.On their part, the Council of Governors asked the court to ignore the doctors’ petition, arguing that union officials were in contempt of court as they failed to implement a court order compelling them to call off the strike.

Should the court decline the doctors’ application come Friday, union officials could land behind bars.Doctors have vowed to support their union officials in the event that they are jailed by the Labour Court, saying that they would take their protests to the footsteps of Parliament Building.Doctors downed their tools on December 5 2016, demanding the implementation of the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that they had struck with the government.



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