Gov’t drops tough talk on nurses, says dialogue on to end deadlock


Gov't drops tough talk on nurses, says dialogue on to end deadlock
FILE IMAGE; Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattany

In Summary

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday ordered striking nurses to return to work by 8AM Friday (Feb 15), or be fired by their county employers.
  • The Employment and Labour Relations Court also suspended the nurses strike for a period of 60 days ordering the warring parties to attend conciliation talks initiated by CS Yattani.
  • The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General Seth Panyako adding that they will fight for their rights no matter the odds.

The government has dropped its hard talk on firing striking nurses who defied a return-to-work order and instituted a conciliatory team to help end the two-week old strike.

Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattany however appeared to advocate for dialogue in resolving the issues surrounding the medical practitioners that have seen them stay away from hospitals since February 4.

The CS further appealed to the nurses to go back to work adding that the public are the one bearing the brunt of the strike.

“My appeal to all to all stakeholders is to obey rule of law. We appeal to them to reconsider their position and go back to work”, he said.

Yattany said the conciliatory team set up to resolve the strike had made good progress adding they will be meeting the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) on Friday, February 15.

He also said all health stakeholders will meet at the Ministry of Health on February 16 as part of efforts to end the stalemate that has caused pain to the public who cannot access medical attention.

The findings from the Saturday meeting, Mr. Yattany said, will be reviewed next week and will be presented in court on Monday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday ordered striking nurses to return to work by 8AM Friday (Feb 15), or be fired by their county employers.

The Employment and Labour Relations Court also suspended the nurses strike for a period of 60 days ordering the warring parties to attend conciliation talks initiated by CS Yattani.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General Seth Panyako adding that they will fight for their rights no matter the odds.

“The strike is a right and properly in place, we shall give them directions,” said Panyako.

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