Trans Nzoia: Nurses vow to carry on with strike

The Trans Nzoia branch secretary of the Kenya National Union of nurses Willy Sifuna aderssing journalists on September 10,2020. Photo/Aspect News

Striking nurses in Trans Nzoia county have vowed to keep on with their industrial action that has been in place since December last year if  the area county government fails to honour their demands.

The health workers who spoke under the umbrella of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) presented petitions to the area county assembly and the county executive offices.

Branch secretary Willy Sifuna said striking nurses will not go back to work unless the government increases their “risk allowance” which currently stands at around Sh. 3000 while doctors get Sh.20, 000.

‘’ We are asking Governor Patrick Khaemba to deliver on the directive by the Council of Governors ( COG) that each county government enters into negotiations with Nurses to end the strike. We can only return to work after our demands are met’’, he said.

They wondered why the county government has turned a blind eye to the plight of locals who have lost their loved ones owing to grounded public health service in the region since they can’t meet the high cost of medication in private facilities.

The Union rooted for the Ministry of Labour to arbitrate, saying the employer could not be trusted since top officers in the ministry had opted to arm twisting nurses.

The union’s chairman Edward Cheruiyot faulted the county government for failing to provide nurses and other health care workers with adequate quality personal protective equipment (PPEs).

“The county government has been intimidating us by denying us salaries for the last two months as if going on strike is illegal yet we are covered by international labour laws,” said Mr. Cheruiyot.