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Kenyan Nurses Strike: Beg Nurses to resume talks, CoG tells Doctors by Idowu Olabode : July 07, 2017, 06:49:22 AM
Governors have asked doctors to talk to nurses to resume negotiations for their CBA.

Council of Governors chairman Josphat Nanok said nurses abandoned negotiations four weeks ago, yet the county chiefs had constituted a team to dialogue with them.

“The Salaries and Remuneration Commission didn’t give a no-objection to the draft CBA for nurses, which means negotiations should continue,” Nanok said yesterday at the CoG headquarters.

“The doctors should talk to their colleagues so we can discuss and get a solution.”

He led governors to sign the doctors’ CBA, which nearly doubles the salary of a medical intern from Sh140,000 to Sh212,000. The highest paid doctor will earn about Sh814,000.

The governors also signed recognition agreements with the doctors’ union, which gives the union a legal basis to negotiate with counties.

Doctors went on strike for three months from December 5 last year until March this year, when they resumed work, but continued to negotiate a CBA with the government.

Nurses had negotiated a CBA with the governors, but went on strike last month, when the SRC rejected the agreement and asked them to renegotiate it.

“Its still our position that the Kenya National Union of Nurses should return to the negotiations. We have to agree within the framework set by the SRC,” Nanok said.

He said the governors are keen to prevent another strike and are talking to clinical officers.

KMPDU chairman Samuel Oroko said the unionists now understand how the government works and are ready to reconcile the nurses with their employers.

“The problem with Kenya is that we do not dialogue with each other,” he said.

KMPDU secretary general Ouma Oluga apologised for the deaths and suffering of Kenyans during the three-month strike.

“We know our struggle caused suffering to Kenyans and for that, we are sincerely sorry,” he said.

The doctors signed a similar CBA and the Recognition Agreement with the Ministry of Health last week, because some of them are employed directly by the ministry.

Others present were Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga and his Kisumu counterpart Jack Ranguma, who heads the health committee.

Source :http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/07/07/urge-nurses-to-resume-talks-cog-tells-doctors_c1592429

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