The Star (Nairobi)

4 September 2014

Kenya: Embu Medics to Begin Strike Today, Says KNUN Official

Health workers in Embu county have said they will to go on strike today because they have not been paid.

The workers had given the county government a seven days notice to look into their pay issues and other problems but by yesterday when the warning expired, the issues had not been looked into.

Kenya National Union of Nurses Embu branch executive secretary Joseph Ngwasi said about 70 of the 120 health workers on contract under the Economic Stimulus Project have not been paid.

He said they are also bitter with massive punitive and discriminative transfers of health workers in the county.

Ngwasi said health workers in the county are not being promoted.

He said said the ESP health workers have been on contract and want to be hired on permanent terms by the county government.

Ngwasi said the county government has also carried out "abrupt massive transfers" of workers without following laid down procedures or notifying the medics.

The health workers union boss said the transfers were done in bad faith.

He said they have asked the county to form a deployment committee to look into transfers in future but the county has not heeded their demands.

Ngwasi said that by yesterday none of the county leaders had responded to their demands.

He said unless county officials meet them today, they will proceed with the industrial action.

The worst to be affected, and where most of the critical patients from all over the county and the neighbouring ones are referred, will be the Embu Level Five Hospital.

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