By Njoroge Kaburo NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan nurses on Thursday called off their five-month-long strike
after reaching an agreement with the country’s Council of Governors
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary-General Seth Panyako
said the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will be implemented
fully within 30 days and urged the nurses to resume work on Friday.
“I hereby declare that the strike that began on June 5 is officially
called off and our members are advised to go back to work with
immediate effect, by Friday at 5 p.m.,” Panyako told journalists in
He said the health workers will have their nursing, uniform and
nursing service allowances increased. The two sides also agreed that
all cases related to the dispute currently before court will be
The nurses have boycotted work in the East African country since
June citing a breach of a CBA they signed with the government.
The strike paralyzed the health sector in the country with patients
forced to seek expensive services in the private hospitals.
CoG Chairman Josphat Nanok said the agreement followed a lengthy
consultative meeting within all stakeholders, noting the industrial
action was prolonged after it became the subject of “so many months
of back and forth”.
“We have reached a consensus that the nurses will get a uniform
allowance of 15,000 shillings (150 U.S. dollars) between 2018 and
2019 and that will be increased by 5,000 shillings over three
years,” Nanok said.
He added that the health workers will be entitled to Nursing
Services Allowances of 230 dollars which will be increased by 35
dollars over the same period.
Under the 2010 constitution, the health functions have been devolved
to the 47 county governments with the national government
responsible for formulation of health policies.
The negotiations on the nurse CBA between the nurses union and the
joint national and county governments have been ongoing since
Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said the two changes on
allowances and uniforms will be factored into the budget for the
2018/19 financial year.
Mailu said they all agreed that the government will not be able to
incur extra expenses in the 2017/18 financial year.
“Though we end the strike today, I would say what has happened to
the health sector in the last 12 months is regrettable,” he added.