Kenya National Union of Nurses vows to mobilize members to down tools over unpaid salaries in a week’s time

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,4TH JAN,2018-Kenya national union of Nurses has vowed to mobilize its members across 13 counties  to down their tools by next Thursday over  unpaid salaries.

Addressing the press in Nairobi on Thursday the union’s n secretary general Seth Panyako says they had already given the directive to all members in the affected counties. “We direct all our members who are owed money by counties to prepare for daily salary parades at their Governor’s offices with effect from January 11 until all outstanding monies are paid.” he said.

The affected counties are Bungoma, Nakuru, Nyeri, Homa Bay, Elgeyo Marakwet, Tharaka Nithi, Makueni, Kakamega, Wajir, Laikipia, Kirinyaga, Murang’a and Kericho.

They are owed different amounts accrued from June last year when they went on a strike that lasted five months.

The strike ended early November and counties agreed to release all the arrears by December 31.

Panyako said the union understands some counties are facing financial challenges but asked them to let union officials how the payments will be made.

He noted the daily picketing was not a strike, but that if need be, the union will issue a legal notice.

“They should follow the example of Nyamira which has reached an agreement with workers. If need be, we will start the year with industrial action,” he said.

Panyako accused the counties of stalling the collective bargaining agreement.

 “It was supposed to be ready by November 30 last year but we keep on getting postponement letters (from the Council of Governors). I responded to the latest one today.”

A return-to-work agreement signed by the two parties in November required that the CBA be ready by December 2 – 30 days after the signing.

According to the return-to-work formula, nurses will initially earn an extra cumulative allowance of Sh3,416 every month, beginning June.

 

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