BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,6TH AUG 2018– Kenyatta National Hospital staff who went on strike Monday morning over non-payment of their health service allowances were met with fierce resistance from the ant-riot police who threw tear gas canister at them.
The workers drawn from various workers umbrella bodies among them Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (Kudheiha) had threatened to go on strike in the first week of August over the allowances that date back to 2015.
They had written to the hospital’s chief executive, informing the management of the industrial action.
Through their union, the 4,700 workers claim they are yet to be paid their allowances as recommended by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.
So far, the clash and go-slow have not affected service delivery at the national referral hospital.
A meeting slated for July 12, where the matter was to be discussed to avert the strike, was cancelled at the eleventh hour.
Following the cancellation, the Union wrote a letter to KNH’s administration accusing the management of not providing an alternative date to settle the dispute.
Kudheiha Secretary General Albert Njeru who issues the strike note last month said the hospital’s management had demanded afresh for items in dispute despite having knowledge of the issues.