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Remarks by H.E Josephat Nanok, Chairman – Council of Governors, during the signing of doctors’ recognition agreement and collective bargaining agreement

chairman H.E NanokExcellency Governors, National Government Representatives present, Chair of County Secretaries Present, Chair of County Public Service Board Chairs, Chair of County Executives for Health, Chair of Chief Officers for Health, Chair KMPDU, Secretary KMPDU
Invited guests,
Ladies and gentlemen.
•It’s an honor to be here today for the signing of the doctors’ Recognition Agreement and Collective Bargaining Agreement. This marks a great milestone in the important process of resolving the human resource challenges in the Kenyan health sector. I take this opportunity to thank you all for finding time to avail yourself for this important event.
Ladies and gentlemen
•We have achieved several milestones from start of the negotiation process till now. This would not have been possible without the able leadership and direction offered by the Chair of the Human Resource committee of the Council of Governors - H.E James Ongwae, and for this I say thank you Your Excellency.

•During the 100 days of the doctors’ strike several attempts were made to achieve an amicable solution to the industrial unrest including mediation and negotiation. In the process draft texts for Recognition Agreement and Collective Bargaining Agreement were developed with a view to informing the subsequent stages of negotiation.
•As we may all know, the signing of the Return to Work Formula on 14th of March 2017 saw the end of the 100 day long strike. Further, the parties have engaged in good faith and on 11th May, 2017 agreed to an extension of the period of preparation of the Recognition Agreement and Collective Bargaining Agreement by fourteen (14) days to lapse on 28th May, 2017.

This period was further extended upon agreement by both parties not only to allow the negotiating team ample time to resolve all outstanding issues but also to allow for consultation of all stakeholders, including constitutional bodies mandated to advise on matters human resource. The Council of Governors wishes to thank the KMPDU for adopting a cordial approach and exercising patience during this time for a lasting solution on the industrial issues. We also wish to appeal to the Kenya National Union of Nurses to adopt a cordial approach to handling industrial issues. This will create an enabling environment for negotiation as well as ensure healthcare service provision is not affected.
Ladies and gentlemen
•The Council of Governors wishes to sincerely thank all stakeholders who have been involved in this pursuit for industrial harmony. We thank the County Governments – ably represented by the representatives of the County Public Service Boards, CEC Members and Chief Officers for Health.

•We also thank the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour, Office of the Attorney General, Public Service Commission, Central Organization of Trade Unions, Religious Leaders, Law Society of Kenya and Kenya National Commission for Human rights. We also wish to thank the Salaries and Remuneration Commission for providing valuable advice during the whole process.
Ladies and gentlemen
•We are here today to sign the Doctors’ Recognition and Collective Bargaining Agreements and subsequently register the document with the Employment and Labour Relations Court. This reiterates our commitment to finding a lasting solution that will foster industrial harmony in the health sector in Kenya
• Allow me to thank the KMPDU for paying a courtesy call to the Council of Governors on 13th June, 2017. During this meeting, we discussed and mutually agreed on a collaborative framework between the union, the Council of Governors and the County Governments, and this will champion improvements in the health sector moving forward. As elaborated by the KMPDU during the signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Government, we recognize the renewed focus on the realization of healthcare reforms in Kenya. This resonates well with the core objectives of the council of Governors hence our commitment to good industrial relations and collaboration in the implementation of the Health Act.
•The Council of Governors and County Governments look forward to a collaborative approach to handling all matters of human resources for health.
•Once again I thank you for finding time to grace this occasion.

God bless you, God bless Kenya

H.E Josephat Nanok
Chairman - Council of Governors
6th July, 2017

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