, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 19 – The Council of Governors now want doctors union officials arrested for calling the ongoing strike in public hospitals.
In submissions made in court, the council says the union officials had defied court orders that barred them from calling the industrial action that has caused a crisis in public hospitals.
Today’s order was issued by Justice Hellen Wasilwa.
But the union officials are pleading to the Labour Relations Court not to issue the warrants because their talks with the government are at an advanced stage.
Doctors have been on strike for the third week now, demanding the implementation of a 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement that awarded them a 300 per cent pay increase.
Even though nurses have called off their strike, few have resumed work with patients continuing to suffer due to the lack of doctors.
While Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu insists that the government is committed to resolve the stalemate, the doctors union officials say the government is not keen on honouring the agreement signed three years ago and is instead promising new offers not anchored in the pact.