The Star (Nairobi)

26 July 2014

Kenya: Nurses in Counties Sue State Over Perks

NURSES have sued the county governments of Uasin Gishu and Kakamega over poor terms and conditions of service for colleagues hired on contract.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses has filed a case at the Industrial Court accusing the counties of frustrating their members hired on contractS by failing to pay their dues including salaries and allowances.

KNUN secretary general Seth Panyako filed the suit against the two counties, the Public Service Commission and the Attorney General.

Yesterday, union officials in Uasin Gishu led by John Bii and Simon Kibii said they want the nurses to be hired on permanent basis and all their dues paid.

Meanwhile, the government has refused to sign a new salary agreement with nurses, which would have seen them get a salary increment of between 25 per cent to 40 per cent.

Attornun because the document will be unconstitutional.

Nurses are threatening to go on strike if the CBA is not signed.

Secretary general of the Knun Seth Panyako has already written to Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health Fred Segor protesting against the refusal to sign the CBA.

Officials of the Union in Uasin Gishu said yesterday they were ready to mobilise members for the strike if the CBA is not signed.

"For sure we will down our tools if the CBA is not signed as agreed," said Bii.

Segor has written to Knun saying the AG had advised that the union should negotiate with counties which are distinct entities from the national government.

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