Embu to give striking nurses pay hike
Embu Governor, Martin Wambora, says the process to pay the striking nurses has been initiated in order to end the industrial action that has paralysed operations in health facilities across the county.
Wambora instructed the county’s finance department to fast track the process of reviewing the salaries and allowances of the nurses as agreed between the county government and the nurses’ union late last year.
He said that the payment will be effected starting February 20.
Wambora said that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiated between the union and the county government will be honored for resumption of medical services.
He said that he had to recall all the officers working at the payroll department from a seminar to enable them work around the clock to effect the payments.
Wambora said that he was in talks with the nurses’ union officials over the strike adding that they had agreed to effect the vouchers for the nurses’ allowances and salaries that have been a centre of contestation.
The nurses attached to various health facilities across Embu County downed their tools over a week ago over failure by the county government to give them a pay rise as agreed in a previous CBA.
Written By Erick Kombo