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COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS, MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND KENYA UNION OF NURSES SIGN AN AGREEMENT TO END NURSES STRIKE

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The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) called off the nationwide nurses strike after signing an agreement with the Council of Governors and the Ministry of Health on November 2. The agreement, which was signed by Council of Governors Chairman H.E Josphat Nanok, Chairman of the Human Resource Committee H.E James Ongwae, Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu and KNUN Secretary General Mr. Seth Panyako ended the 150 days strike. The nurse’s strike, which began on 5th June 2017 has paralyzed healthcare services in the Counties.
The health workers agreed to return to work after the Government offered a nursing allowance of Ksh 23, 000, which will be increased by Ksh3, 500 over the same period and a uniform allowance of Ksh 15,000 between 2018 and 2019 that will be increased by Ksh 5,000 over a period of three years. All these will be factored in the 2018/2019 financial year. Speaking during the signing ceremony at Delta Corner, Council of Governors offices, H.E Josphat Nanok said that all the withheld nursing salaries will be deposited in their accounts by the end of November and that all court cases related to the industrial action stand withdrawn.
Mr. Seth Panyako, the chairman of the nurses union said that they were glad that they managed to reach a deal and that apologized to Kenyans for a bear-collapse of the healthcare system because of the strike.
Some of the things agreed upon were; that in 30 days of the signing of the agreement that the Collective Bargaining Agreement shall be concluded and signed, that all disciplinary cases initiated against the nurses during the period of the strike shall be withdrawn, that all withheld salaries be paid into the nurses’ accounts by the end of November 2017 and in any case, not later that 31st December 2017, that all court cases related to the industrial action shall be withdrawn by the parties save for petition Number 1998 of 2017 on the grading structures of the nurses and that the union shall call off the strike and direct its members to report to work immediately or not later than 3rd November 2017 by the close of business.
The nurses were urged to return to work immediately to enable the citizen to receive health services in the facilities.

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