Nurses Strike Called Off
The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has called off the strike which has lasted for five months with immediate effect
The strike came to an end after the nurses reached a return to work agreement with the Council of Governors (CoG).
The health workers decided to return to work on November 3 after the government agreed to raise their perks, including uniform and nursing allowance.
CoG Chairman Josphat Nanok stated that the nurses will be entitled to nursing service allowances of Sh23,000 which will be increased by Sh3,500 over the same period.
Nanok further stated that they had agreed to withdraw all the salary cases filed in various courts.
[caption caption="Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok "][/caption]
"We have reached a consensus that the nurses will get a uniform allowance of Sh15,000 between 2018 and 2019 and that will be increased by Sh5,000 over three years," Nanok stated.
"All withheld nurses salaries will be deposited in their accounts by end of November and all court cases related to industrial action withdrawn," he added.
The allowance is an increase from the Sh10,000 that the nurses have been receiving.
Health CS Cleopa Mailu noted that the two changes on allowances and uniforms will be factored into the budget for the 2018/19 financial year.
KNUN Secretary General Seth Panyako stated that it was regrettable that their issues were not resolved as soon as they were raised.
[caption caption="KNUN Secretary General Seth Panyako"][/caption]
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