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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,7TH MARCH 2018-COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli is urging the government to help solve the problem of striking doctors at the Kenyatta national hospital as a matter of urgency.
Atwoli also says the doctors had genuine grievances that labour ministry needs to intervene with an aim of providing a solution.
Atwoli has also added that the increasing labour unrest in the country is hurting the economy .He has urged unions to follow the industrial relations machinery before going on strike.
“There is nothing that cannot be sorted out if we do it within the confines of our laid down procedures on industrial relations. We are skipping these procedures and looking for shortcuts to settle our problems,” he cautioned.
He has also urged the Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliator to help resolve the underlying concerns.
“The Ministry of Labour should also come up with a multi-sectoral team to help deal with the issues,” he advised.
This call comes as the crisis at the Kenyatta National Hospital brought the services to a halt after nurses at the largest reffaral hospital in the country downed their tools Tuesday, complaining of mistreatment following a brain surgery mix-up.