30 November 2012

Kenya: KNH Nurses Won't Participate in Planned Strike

Photo: Justus Ochieng'/The Star
Nurses demonstrate along the Oginga Odinga Street in Kisumu town in March 2012.

Nurses from the Kenyatta National Hospital will not take part in the strike scheduled to begin on Monday.

This was announced yesterday by Kenya National Union of Nurses KNH officials.

They added that the nurses were not consulted by those calling for the strike.

Obuya Obengo, the nurses representative from KNH, said normal services will continue.

The strike notice was issued last Sunday by the leadership of the Khudheiha, Kenya Progressive Nurses Association and the National Nurses Association of Kenya.

"We support the registration of the nurses' union and any strategy and movement to fight for the nurses rights. We add that as we pursue the above, the due process of the law should be followed," Obuya said.

Obuya said that the nurse's union officials held a meeting with KNH management and they resolved that the hospital will look at increasing the nurses pay.

"We have engaged the ministry and we appreciate demand to improve the salary and working conditions of nurses. However, we will achieve this through dialogue," said KNH CEO Richard Lesiyampe.

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