In Summary

  • Health Workers Issues 6 days strike notice to both level of government.
  • They want the government to address the pending collective bargaining agreements.

Health workers  from both the National Government and the County Governments have issued 6 day notice to the employer demanding their grievances addressed failure to which they will proceed for a nation wide strike.

The unions includes Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO), Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), Kenya Environmental Health and Public Health Practitioners Union (KEHPHPU), Kenya National Union Medical Laboratory Officers (KNUMLO), Kenya National Union of Pharmaceutical Technologists and Officers (KNUPT), Kenya Union of Nutritionists and Dietitians (KUNAD) and Kenya Health Professional Society (KHPS).

Led by  Kenya Environmental Health and Public Health Practitioners Union secretary general Brown Ashira they want the two level of governments to conclude their pending collective bargaining agreements in the respective county governments.

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“We have written to them concerning our demands the good thing these two levels of government can do is conlude all pending CBA and effect them.. we are tire of promises.NHIF administration among others It is no doubt that access to health services has worsened, and the public health sector is unable to meet the health demands of Kenyans. Lack of adequate staffing of health professionals in their right mix ranks high among the myriad of challenges contributing to the health custom fat It is unfortunate that this country has in the last six (6) decades failed to establish a framework that would ensure commensurate staffing of health workers with the population growth. We have also seen an unfortunate development in a country where health workers are being let off without providing a mechanism to address the gap they leave behind. .’’ Ashira said.

Demands of Health Workers

1. That the government employs 20,000 health workers immediately and embarks on annual employment.

 2. National and County governments absorb all health workers who have been working under county-based contracts.

3. NHIF conducts public participation fora to agree with Kenyans on how the enhancement of contributions will assure Kenyans of quality services.

Allan Otieno

July 10, 2023

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