, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) resumed talks with the government Friday morning where they discussed modalities for nurses to go back to work.
The Union’s Secretary General Seth Panyako told Capital FM News that the talks are progressing well and they hope to reach a solution by the end of the day.
Panyako said once the talks conclude, the Union will hold its National Governing Council meeting where a decision to call off the strike will be made.
“We are progressing well with the talks and at this stage it would be premature to reveal anything. However, once we reach an amicable solution, we will present it before our National Governing Council which will ratify the decision arrived at,” he said.
“Once that happens, we will call a press conference where we will announce the end of the strike by nurses.”
His sentiments come even as doctors remained adamant that they will only call off the industrial action following the implementation of the collective bargaining agreement signed in 2013.
On Thursday, doctors dug in their heels after consultants from the Kenyatta National Hospital joined in the strike which began on Monday.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Ouma Oluga emphasized that they will accept nothing less than the implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in 2013.
While apologizing to Kenyans who have been affected by the strike, the Union’s chairman Samuel Oroko stated that the blame is squarely on the government for not being sensitive with their demands.
Doctors union officials abandoned the talks insisting on a 300 per cent increase as outlined in a Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in 2013.
Earlier, a group of medical practitioners also held demonstrations to Afya House to press the government on their pay demands.
In agreement with their union officials, the practitioners vowed to remain put till the Government honours the disputed CBA, which they say will harmonize their salary across all Counties.