After the government, through Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki declared that nurses will henceforth be hired on contractual basis, the irate nurses’ union executive Seth Panyako, who was recently charged for defying a court order is at it again.
The Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General has warned the two levels of government to brace themselves for an all-out battle with the health workers. Again.
Mr Panyako fell short of announcing that they would hold a major strike, announcing that they will first convene a meeting for all union members within the health sector and take a serious position on what the Health CS had stated.
“We are ready to stage powerful resistance that the national and county governments have never seen. We will resist using all avenues possible,” he warned.
“We shall oppose it [the new directive] because it goes against the principles on non- discrimination,” he added.
He accused the two levels of government of making decisions without consultations, terming the latest move as ploy to deny nurses their retirement benefits.