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COUNTY GOVERNMENTS SIGN RECOGNITION AGREEMENTS WITH KENYA UNION OF CLINICAL OFFICERS (KUCO)

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On Tuesday 18th December 2017, the 47 County Governments signed Recognition Agreements with the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) at the Council of Governors offices. This came in after the signing of the Return to Work Formula on 5th October 2017 which saw the end of the 25 day long strike. The signing of the Recognition Agreements (RA) is the first step towards entering into a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). This marked a great milestone in the important process of resolving the human resource challenges in the Kenyan Health sector.
Present during the ceremony was the Chairman, Council of Governors H.E Josphat Nanok, County Public Service Boards, County Secretaries, County Executive Committee Members and Chief Officers in charge of Health as well as officials from the Kenya National Union of Clinical Officers.
Speaking during the event, H.E. Josphat Nanok thanked KUCO for adopting a cordial approach and exercising patience during the whole process with the sole aim of finding a lasting solution on the industrial issues. He also appealed to the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers to adopt a cordial approach in handling industrial issues which create an enabling environment for negotiations as well as ensures that healthcare service provision is not affected.
The Recognition Agreement touches on issues of the union’s recognition by the Counties, negotiations procedure which includes; individual grievances, collective grievances, monthly subscription fees, provisions for union officials, dispute settlement, termination clauses and channels of communication which should be addressed in writing to the County Chief Officer Health and the General Secretary.
"We urge governors to employ more clinicians to address the shortage of workers in some counties. We keep hearing of under staffing yet out of the 20,000 trained clinical officers, only 6,000 are employed. This translates to a ratio of 10 clinicians against 100,000 patients when the World Health Organization recommends 40 officers for the same population." said George Gibore, Secretary General KUCO.
The Council of Governors in conjunction with the negotiating team is working towards ensuring that Collective Bargaining Agreement will be signed with all the 47 County Governments.

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