The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Uasin Gishu Nurses Issue Strike Notice

Nurses in Uasin Gishu county have issued a fresh strike notice. They said the county government did not honour an agreement on payments and allowances.

Kenya National Union of Nurses Uasin Gishu branch secretary John Bii said the health workers will down their tools on April 5 if their demands are not met. The industrial action has been sanctioned by the National Secretary of the Union Seth Panyako. Panyako has written to the county government informing them of the strike.

The nursed are demanding delayed three months salaries for nurses employed on contract under the Economic Stimulus Programme. "This time round it is not a threat like we have been issuing. It seems the county officials are taking us for a ride," said Bii. He issued the strike notice at a meeting in Eldoret town yesterday. Bii was accompanied by union branch chairman Simon Kibii and Nandi branch secretary Mark Cheruiyot.

"Even after the meeting we held between the union and county executives for health and finance officials where it was resolved that the payments be done before March 21, we regret that nothing has been done," said part of the letter written by Panyako to the Uasin Gishu county government.

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