NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 8 – Nurses resumed talks with the government Thursday morning as doctors maintained their hard stance on the strike that has crippled operations in public hospitals since Monday.
Kenya National Union of nurses (KNUN) officials have expressed willingness to continue with the pay talks after officials representing doctors walked out yesterday, accusing the government of not being sincere.
Doctors pulled out of the talks after rejecting the government offer of a Sh50,000 increase for the lowest paid doctor.
The offer raised the salary for the lowest paid doctor to Sh176,000 far below the Sh325,000 that the doctors expect and which was contained in the collective bargaining agreement.
On Wednesday, the Employment and Labour relations Court ordered the Kilimani OCS to serve officials of Nurses and Doctors union with a court order issued last week suspending the ongoing strike.
The orders are based on a case where the Council of Governors moved to court on ground that union officials were in breach of a court order, suspending doctors strike for 30 days to allow negotiations.
The order also stopped nurse’s strike till December 13.
The doctors officials demanded the withdrawal of all court cases before any more talks can resume.
The court further issued summons to the top union officials to appear in court on December 13 to answer to charges of disobeying court orders issued on December 2 that suspended the strike, and which the doctors say they were not served.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also broke his silence on the strike and pleaded with the medics to go back to work as a solution was being sought.