Doctors’ union officials to appear in court over strike

December 13, 2016 10:38 am
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The CoG moved to court to have the strike by doctors declared illegal/FILE
The CoG moved to court to have the strike by doctors declared illegal/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13 – Officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union will on Tuesday appear before the Employment and Labour Relations Court over the current doctors’ strike which enters its second week.

Judge Hellen Wasilwa had directed the Kilimani OCS to assist in serving the officials with the orders.

The directions were issued after the Council of Governors moved to court against the union arguing that the medical practitioners have proceeded to go on an unlawful and unprotected strike thereby gravely affecting the health and wellbeing of patients.

They had asked the court to commit the officials to civil jail for six months and those named in the petition include the chairman of the union Samuel Oroko Obegi among other officials.

In the meantime the nurses union top body rejected a deal signed between some of their members and the government.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses National Governing Council rubbished the disputed return-to-work formula that aimed to break the nationwide strike.

The ‘duty resumption agreement’ was signed by some of the union officials led by Deputy Secretary General Maurice Opetu.

Among the conditions issued was a revision of the signed deal and the union also demanded that court cases filed by the Council of Governors against their strike be withdrawn in totality.

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