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Kenyatta National Hospital Employees Threaten Strike Amidst CBA Dispute


Simply days following the decision of the medical doctors’ strike on the Kenyatta Nationwide Hospital, one other storm brews as all workers of the nation’s nationwide hospital have issued a seven-day strike discover.

All workers members, represented by the Kenya Union of Home, Accommodations, Academic Establishments, Hospitals and Allied Staff Union (KUDHEIHA), demanded the signing of a Collective Bargaining Settlement (CBA) for the interval 2021-2025 by the Ministry of Labour inside ten days, threatening to halt operations if their calls for weren’t met.

The ultimatum arose amidst dissatisfaction over the delay within the signing of the collective bargaining settlement. Ought to the settlement fail to materialise by the seventeenth of this month, the workers are ready to take industrial motion, on Monday, Could 10.

Union Secretary Basic Albert Njeru whereas chatting with the press on Friday, Could 10, pointed to the urgency of the state of affairs, stating, “If the Kenya Worldwide Hospital, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Well being, and Kenyatta Nationwide Hospital, won’t have solved our downside of negotiating a collective bargaining settlement for the 12 months 2021-25 by Friday, then it means Kenyatta Nationwide Hospital workers, all of them… won’t be working beginning Monday, the twentieth precisely at 7 am.”

A picture of nurses on the Kenyatta Nationwide Hospital IDU-Unit based mostly at Mbagathi collaborating in a Zumba class on twenty eighth Could 2020.

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Kenyatta Nationwide Hospital is the nation’s largest hospital, with a mattress capability of 1,800, over 6,000 workers members, 50 wards, 22 out-patient clinics, 24 theatres (16 specialised), and an Accident & Emergency Division.

This looming strike discover comes scorching on the heels of one other ultimatum issued by the Kenya Nationwide Union of Nurses (KNUN) to the Salaries and Remuneration Fee (SRC) concerning the implementation of a Collective Bargaining Settlement signed in 2017.

KNUN Secretary-Basic Seth Panyako warned of a potential strike ought to the CBA stay unimplemented, underscoring the frustration throughout the healthcare sector over extended disputes.

Panyako criticised the federal government’s inconsistency in worker engagements, accusing it of unilateral decision-making with out consulting nurse leaders.

The dearth of session concerning modifications in salaries has additional strained relations between the federal government and healthcare staff.

Notably, this improvement unfolds simply days after the decision of a 56-day strike by the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists Dentists Union (KMPDU). 

The return-to-work settlement between the federal government and hanging medical doctors was reached following a 48-hour deadline set by the Employment and Labour Relations Court docket. Failure to achieve an settlement would have seen the courtroom intervene to resolve the deadlock.

Well being Cupboard Secretary Susan Nakhumicha, and KMPDU Sec Gen Davji Atellah signal a return to work method on Could 8, 2024

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