Homabay Nurses Down Tools Over Delayed Salaries
Nurses in Homabay county have abandoned duty over delayed payments of July and August salaries by the county government.
The strike began yesterday just after the county government of Homabay started disbursing some of their July salaries into their accounts.
The move has negatively impacted county public health system especially in regards to the fight against Covid-19.
Through the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), the nurses stated that they will not return to work until their July and August salaries are fully paid.
KNUN Homabay Branch Executive Secretary Omondi Nyoje said the union had resolved that they would not be on duty till the nurses are fully paid.
“Homabay nurses have today downed tool their tools demanding for their delayed salaries. It is true that the county government started disbursing salaries today but in the month of June , most of our staffs didn’t get their pay while others were paid less. The county’s Human resource manager promised that they were to honour the arrears when they will be disbursing the cash,” Omondi said.
County Chief Executive Officer for Health Gerald Aketch has appealed to the nurses to return to work saying that they are in the process of disbursing their salaries into their accounts.
“We are committed to ensuring flow of activities in the health sector. My appeal to them is that we are working under critical ministry and this time when we have the issue of Covid-19. I am just appealing to them to resume to work, and consider other people’s welfare too as we are working on their salaries,” Aketch said.
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