7 February 2013

Kenya: Nurses Ordered to End Strike By Monday

Photo: Capital FM
Industrial Court directs nurses to resume work (file photo).

An industrial court has today directed the nurses union to have all their members return to work by Monday February 11.

Principal Magistrate Matthew Nduma told the union that no pre-conditions are to be imposed on the nurses that will comply with the directive.

Additionally the judge ruled that the nurses should report to their workstations at which they had been posted prior to the two-month long strike.

Nduma also directed that the nurses who had not been paid to be remunerated within seven days from today all dues owed to them. The judge further ordered the permanent secretaries in the ministries of Public Health and Sanitation and Medical services to ensure that the directives the judge issued be implemented fully.

The nurses have been on strike since December 3 last year demanding the recognition of the Kenya National Union of Nurses and the implementation of approved allowances totalling Sh 130,000 per month. The strike has paralysed public hospitals across the country.

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