Nurses to down tools on May 18 if risk allowance not harmonised – Panyako

Nurses to down tools on May 18 if risk allowance not harmonised - Panyako
Healthcare workers during a past strike. PHOTO | FILE

Nurses have issued a two-week strike notice saying they will down their tools on May 18 if risk allowance is not harmonised.

The Kenya National Union Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General Seth Panyako said the government must also provide them with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“Contrary to what other countries are doing, the Ministry of Health has put all its energy to provoking frontline health workers to abandon their duties the way the Zimbabwe Government did,” he said.

“We want to beseech the President, His Excellency, we support you…we support your commitment to fighting COVID-19 but we want to tell you that the provocation has been occasioned by the Ministry of Health,” he added.

A report in the Daily Nation enumerated that the medics are demanding harmonisation of risk allowances to Ksh. 30,000 across all cadres.

They say currently some workers get Ksh. 20,000 and others Ksh. 3,000.

According to the Kenya Union of Clinical Workers (KUCO)  the issue of health workers is not being treated with the urgency and weight it deserves.

“We reiterate our goodwill to support the government during this period…and once more appeal to the government to address the issues within 14 days from today failure to which the unions will commence a nationwide strike,” he said.

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