28 December 2012

Kenya: Court Reprieve for Striking Nurses

The industrial court has today granted striking nurses injunction orders allowing the strike in its fourth week now to continue.

Judge Marete Njagi said that the nurses are allowed to strike and should not be victimised for exercising their right to demonstrate.

The judge further said that the nurses are entitled to form a union to represent them and air their grievances to the Ministry of Health. Marete also directed that the government should engage the striking nurses in dialogue to reach a compromise.

The nurses through their representative Seth Panyako said that they haven't been paid since an agreement following another strike earlier this year in which they were to be paid allowances was reached.

Patients across the country have been forced to seek treatment from private hospitals as the nurses' strike has crippled health service delivery in some public hospitals and health care centers.

The nurses moved to court yesterday to seek order to quash a directive barring them from having their trade union registered. The case is set to come up for mention next week on January 4 .

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