Nurses get a bitter pill treatment from their employer despite talks

The nurses have been treated to bitter pills by their employers even after returning to work.

From what nurses expected it was going to be a transformation time for them to gain better pecks has just ended up with no fruits to boost off.

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After the health workers went on strike, the Council of Governors moved to court, which ordered the parties to attend conciliation meetings initiated by Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani and file a report within 30 days.

Mr Yattani appointed a committee comprising representatives from the Health ministry, Council of Governors (CoG), nurses’ union, Labour ministry and Public Service Board to look into the issues.

It has however emerged that the ministry of Health and CoG, despite signing the return-to-work formula, insist they do not have money to pay nurses.

“The Ministry of Health, governors and nurses’ union leaders did not agree. There was a lot of dishonesty. I know there is a lot of expectation from nurses that maybe they would be getting a salary increase. Unfortunately, I have to inform them that we disagreed,” Ms Agnes Munderu, Kenya National Union of Nurses’ national treasurer, said.

Meanwhile, KNUN has since received interim orders directing Kajiado and Kisii counties to continue deducting and remitting union dues.

The two orders, issued separately, have also directed Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Kisii and Kajiado counties to pay KNUN Sh468,600 and Sh199,800 respectively of undeducted union dues for February and any other subsequent month.

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