UPDATE: Wednesday 14:14: The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary-General Seth Panyako on Wednesday, September 30, persuaded the Kenyatta National Hospital(KNH) workers who have been on a go-slow for two days, to go back to work.
Speaking to the press, Panyako stated that the decision were informed after a court order that was issued by a labour court on Tuesday.
“We are a law abiding citizens, and we cannot defy court orders, we shall be the last people to defy court orders, we cannot tell you until then, the court has not stopped the strike, it has just been suspended,” Panyako stated.
UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: The Employment and Labour Relations Court on Tuesday, September 29, suspended the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) health workers strike on its second day.
Lady Justice Maureen Onyango directed that the go-slow be suspended until a case filed by KNH is heard and determined.
Medics suspended service on Monday, September 27 over the government'd failure to honour a payrise agreement since 2012.
A devastated woman took to pleading with health workers to attend to a critically ill patient she had brought for treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on Monday, September 28.
The woman, Francisca Kinuthia, had been to a number of hospitals but was not getting any help.
She feared that the patient she had brought in for treatment would die if not urgently attended to. However, her pleas were not heard.
"Mr president, we are suffering. We hop from one hospital to another in the hope that our loved ones will be treated, but we do not get any help," she lamented.
The family had to look for other alternatives to help their sick.
All the patients currently seeking treatment at the hospital are being turned away following a strike that saw more than 4,000 workers down their tools.
The incident came a day after a patient died at the Kenyatta National Hospital parking lot, after he went untreated for hours with the health workers' on strike.
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary-General Seth Panyako accused the Salary and Remuneration Commission (SRC) of failing to approve the Ksh301M passed by the National Assembly and okayed by the treasury in 2012.
Panyako stated that despite the salaries being okayed, the workers were yet to receive a dime.
“What we want is to see SRC give that letter, advising Kenyatta National Hospital to effect payment to all affected employees and thereafter the strike will be called off,” Panyako stated.
The Kenya National Union of Nurses vowed that the workers would not be meeting any government agency to resolve the standoff.Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako addresses the media during East Africa Labour and Health Workforce Scientific Conference in Mombasa on November 28, 2019.File
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