17 July 2014

Kenya: Moi Hospital Workers Issue Strike Notice

MOI Teaching and Referral Hospital workers have issued a strike notice for August 1 if the government does not pay them an increase in salaries and allowances as signed in a Collective Bargaining Agreement two years ago.

The workers want the government to release more than Sh400 million to implement the agreement.

"We have been waiting for two years and we hope this time we are paid," said Kenya Union of Domestic Hotels and Allied Workers chairman Anyona Mokua.

However, hospital CEO Dr John Kibosia assured the workers that they will be paid.

He met the union officials yesterday and agreed that the money should be paid.

"He has assured us that the money will be paid and we hope this time it will work because our interest is to serve the public without any interruptions," Mokua said after the meeting.

The hospital has more than 3,500 workers including nurses.

The nurses are represented by the Kanya National Union of Nurses, which has not yet issued a statement on the matter.

Last month, KNUN secretary general Seth Panyako met with the hospital management to deliberate on the matter.

Nurses employed on contract have also refused to sign documents extending the contracts with the Uasin Gishu county government.

KNUN Uasin Gishu secretary John Bii said the county government has reneged on an agreement that the nurses hired on contract should be employed on permanent terms.

Bii said the union will move to court to defend the rights of the nurses who were employed five years ago under the Economic Stimulus Programme.

"We have no problem with Governor Jackson Mandago but it seems his staff are not advising him accordingly as concerns the welfare of workers and other issues related to the health sector in this county," he said.

The nurses want the county chief nurse to stop forcing them into signing the contracts.

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