Doctors threaten to down tools by February if universities and colleges do not pay lecturers who are doctors.

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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,18TH JAN 2018-Kenya medical pharmacy and dentist union KMPDU  has threatened to mobilize its member for a national strike  by next month if management of  universities and medical colleges will not have paid  their members who are  lecturers .

In a statement sent to newsrooms on Thursday January 18, KMPDU secretary general Ouma Oluga says  the allowances being demanded are in the return-to-work formula and the CBAs they negotiated last year.

The medical risk and emergency call allowances and the accrued arrears were supposed to be paid from January 1 last year.

Oluga also said they have been trying to engage the institutions in dialogue since March 2017 and that they will not try again after January 31.

“Numerous engagements with the universities’ administrations, the Ministry of Education department in charge of higher education and the Ministry of Health have yielded no fruits, leaving the doctor lecturers and the union with no option but to believe that collective action is now called for.”

He noted the withdrawal of labour will have “catastrophic effects” on the country.

Oluga said the universities and colleges have until the end of the month to forward their cumulative financial costs to Treasury for budgeting to avert legal action or a strike.

“We deeply sympathise with the unfortunate plight of these highly esteemed professionals, who have had to endure over one year waiting patiently for their allowances,” he said.

More than 600 doctors offer teaching services in public universities with medical schools and colleges of health sciences.

 

 

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