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Nairobi Health Workers Issue Strike Threats to NMS Over Salary Delays

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Nairobi county health workers have now threatened to go on strike should Nairobi Metropolitan Services continue delaying payment of their July salaries.

Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary Nairobi branch Boaz Onchari says the delays is intentional and that they will not let it continue.

“Our badges read the Executive yet we are still talking about salary delays … Nairobi Metropolitan Services should honour its pledges because the last time we met we agreed that our salaries will be in our accounts by the 5th of every month,” Onchari told Ghetto Radio News.

He further accused a section of NMS bosses of frustrating the health sector by mishandling human resource issues.

“We have  written letters  not once to Major General Badi but these officers make sure that the letters don’t land on Badi’s’ table….we have seen good  hospitals being launched in Nairobi but the question you should ask yourself is whether those facilities works 24 hours as it was stated ..They can’t because we are understand staffed,” he added.

According to Brown Ashira of Kenya Health Professionals Society Secretary Nairobi branch they are much ready face General Badi on the streets and that they shall not allow any mistreatment by the NMS.

‘‘The only language the government listens to is demonstrations and should they fail to pay us our salaries within two days then we shall meet on streets…we are much ready for it and we shall give it our best when the time comes,’’ Ashira said.

The group has also threatened to institute a legal framework to be brought back to Nairobi city county government should NMS term be extended next year.

‘‘We are tired with this Nairobi Metropolitan Services and as we have said before, we want to go back to the county government which according to the law is our employer hata mama anaweza [referring to acting governor Ann Kananu],’’ they said.

By ALLAN OTIENO

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