Story/Governor’s Press Unit
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) – Bungoma Branch has today agreed to suspend the nurses’ strike to give room for further negotiations with the county government.
Addressing the media at the County Headquarters after hours of close door discussions, the nurses who have been on strike since 7th December 2020, agreed to recall all Nurses to their stations in the next 48hrs.
Gov Wangamati thanked the leadership of KNUN for their bold move that informed their decision to resume duty. He attributed this breakthrough to the good working relationship that his administration has with the medical workers noting the fact that salaries were paid even in the months that they were not at work.
The KNUN officials led by their secretary general Noel Khaemba thanked the county government for agreeing to negotiations to settle the plight of wananachi who have been on their own for the past 44 days, asking all nurses across the county to report back to work.
” Am calling on our nurses in the entire Bungoma county to report back to work within 48 hours. Majority of our demands have been addressed by the County Government” Said Khaemba.
The team agreed, as part of the return to work pact with the county government, to the following:
- Health workers salaries to continue be paid on time
- Promotions and redesignations to be completed in the next 3 months
- Risk allowance of 5,000sh according to the 2017 pact
- Employment of staff on contract effective 1st July to get all their allowances and full salaries.
The union commended the County for seeing to it that there was enough stock of PPEs and drugs in all the facilities.
Governor Wangamati assured the public of his commitment to a complete overhaul of the health sector which was on its death bed when he took office through his focus on Infrastructure, human resource and drug availability.
Representing the union were Noel Khaemba, (secretary general), Haggis Anyangu (chairperson), Joel Oywaya, Susan shikuku, Chief nurse Bramwel Musambati, and Organizing Secretary, wilfred Osundwa.