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Proposed Kenyan Nurses strike: Demands and Other Things You Should Know by katty : November 23, 2018, 09:07:26 AM
"Do you remember one of Kenya’s most extended nurses strike that ended hardly a year ago? Just the mention of medical professionals putting their tools down is scaring enough, especially to the common 'mwananchi' who relies on public medical facilities when ill. The sad news is that yet again, the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has issued another 21-day strike notice effective on the 19th November 2018 through its National Advisory Council. Here are the details of the upcoming nurses strike to keep you on the know."

The latest news on nurses strike, confirming that planned strike will take place if the previous agreement is not fully implemented, has sent most Kenyans into panic as they recount on its terrible consequences particularly on the lives of their loved ones. The nurses strike in 2018 was announced by the KNUN after their meeting in Kisumu on Friday, 16th of November 2018. The council arguably resolved to strike after the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) failed to comply with earlier demands presented by the nurses. The commission further canceled a meeting scheduled to engage stakeholders on the implementation of the return to work formula collaboratively signed between KNUN, Counties, and the National government on the 2nd of November 2017. Read on for nurses strike updates.

Demands of the nurses strike in Kenya

Among critical demands in the looming strike is an increase in allowances allocated to nurses that has not been implemented following the agreement in the most recent strike. According to a statement released by Seth Panyako, the General Secretary at the Union, nurses expected an increment of KShs. 3,000 by the ending on July this year followed by an annual increase of KShs. 3, 500 in the two subsequent years, as per the agreement. According to this agreement, nurses were to receive a salary increment of KShs. 3,000 in 2018 and an additional KShs. 3,500 in 2019 and 2020. Similarly, KNUN officials and their members demand KShs. 5,000 annual salary increment as uniform allowances, effective July 2018.

During the release of the notice, Panyako insisted that health practitioners have exercised enough patience waiting for the implementation of the agreement that has since been abandoned by the national and county governments. His public appeal insisted on the fact that a mutually signed return to work formula that saw nurses call off strike in 2017 has failed to implement. Panyako also warned that the indefinite nurses strike will start on the expiry of the notice should the involved parties fail to take a desirable course of action.

The union expressed frustration with SRC which grades nurses as semi-skilled despite the complexity of their duties in the health care sector. Panyako’s statement also emphasized the fact that nurses are highly skilled and competent civil servants who handle the lives of human beings. For this reason, the union determined that SRC should speedily revise their job evaluation structure.

The upcoming nurses strike is exceedingly disturbing and threatens the country’s health sector if no timely actions are taken. Even then, the commission has vowed to fight relentlessly to make sure that the unmet CBA is implemented and a lasting solution found concerning nursing grading structures.


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