The Star (Nairobi)

26 August 2014

Kenya: Uasin Gishu Nurses to Strike Over Sack Threats

MORE than 100 nurses in Uasin Gishu have been listed to be sacked over a court suit they filed against the county government.

Their names have been forwarded to the county Public Service Board for disciplinary action.

The nurses are mainly those hired on contract by the national government and have been waiting to be absorbed by the county.

The same nurses have not been paid their salaries for the last three months.

Kenya National Union of Nurses branch chairman Simon Kibii and secretary John Bii have issued a fresh strike notice, threatening that all health workers in the county will down their tools on September 3 if the sack threat is not withdrawn and if the three months salary arrears are not paid.

"We went to court on behalf of the nurses so that they can be employed as required because they have worked on contract for long. The case has nothing to do with their salaries," Bii said.

He was speaking when they met with the nurses at the Uasin Gishu District Hospital on Saturday.

Bii said they are tired of frustrations by Govenor Jackson Mandago's administration.

"The national government already provided money to hire nurses on permanent basis and pay their salaries. Other counties have already absorbed the nurses but there is something wrong with Uasin Gishu," Bii said.

The union has demanded for the removal of the county chief nurse, accusing her of intimidating the nurses instead of working to improve their welfare, terms and conditions of service.

Bii produced a list of all the nurses whose names have been forwarded to the board for possible sacking.

The nurses complained that Mandago has failed to streamline operations in the health department, leading to low morale among the workers.

However, Health executive Dr Eunice Siria said the department is running smoothly.

The county has paid all other health workers their delayed salaries.

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