4 January 2013

Kenya: Demotions for Medics Over Strike

Photo: B Wolff/UN
Nurse attends to a patient (file photo): Striking nurses have defied an order to call off the strike.

ANXIETY has gripped striking nurses after some of their colleagues at the Coast Provincial General Hospital were issued with sacking letters for absconding duties.

A representative at the hospital Peter Maroko said some nurses have been intimated with transfer letters to hardship areas and others demoted.

He said he has received 54 letters, 10 transfer and demotion letters on allegation that the hospital incited nurses to join the strike.

The star has established that among those demoted is Coast provincial medical services officer Dr Maurice Siminyu who has been transferred to Kerugoya.

Others include chief administrator Dr David Mwangi who has been transferred to Port Reitz Hospital and the provincial director of nurses to Kilifi.

"This is mere intimidation by the government but we shall not relent to fight for our rights and have our union registered. We are still shocked by the move despite the industrial court granting striking nurses an injunction allowing us to continue without victimisation," said Maroko.

The nurses moved to court to seek order to quash a directive barring them from registering their trade union. The case is set to come up for mention today.

More than 300 striking nurses yesterday held peaceful protest outside the hospital saying their December salaries have been deliberately delayed. The strike is in its fourth week.

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