November 2017 Dailynation; Kenyans can now breathe a sigh of relief after nurses working in public hospitals called of their strike which had lasted for five months.
The nurses’ union Thursday called off the strike after signing an agreement with the Council of Governors (CoG) and the Ministry of Health.
Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) Secretary-General Seth Panyako told the nurses to resume duty immediately.
“We have officially called of the strike and we are asking our members to resume duty by latest Friday 5pm,” he said.
CoG Chairman Josphat Nanok said the agreement with the nurses was reached after a tedious process of negotiations.
“We have reached a consensus [with] the government to have the uniform allowances and the risk allowances for the nurses paid in the financial year 2018-2019,” said Mr Nanok.
According to the agreement, nurses will start receiving a uniform allowance of Sh15,000 from the 2018-2019 financial year.
This allowance has been increased from the Sh10,000 that the nurses have been receiving.
“This allowances will continue to be increased for a period of the next three years after the 2018-2019 financial year,” said Mr Nanok.
Further, the nurses will also start receiving a nursing service risk allowance of between Sh20,000 and Sh25,000 depending on job group in the next financial year.
Mr Nanok said they have also agreed that the risk allowances will be increased to Sh30,000 in the 2020/2021 financial year.
He said the council has consequently agreed to withdraw all disciplinary cases against the nurses.
“We have agreed that all the pending salaries will be paid to the nurses by the end the end of this month,” he said.
“All pending court cases will also be withdrawn,” he added.