NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14 – Kenyan doctors finally ended their 100-day strike Tuesday after signing a return-to-work agreement with the government, which had threatened to sack all those who failed to return to work by last week.
“As the doctors union, we have concluded a return-to-work formula between the government and ourselves, bringing to an end the strike by doctors that has consumed the country for 100 days. It has been one of the most difficult industrial relations in the country,” Dr Ouma Oluga, the Secretary General of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPCU) said.
“I want to announce here that the doctors union has finally put to an end the strike,” he declared late Tuesday at a joint news conference with government officials and religious leaders who brokered the deal.
Peter Munya, the Chairman of the Council of Governors on his part said. “What you have witnessed is an agreement between the County Governments and doctors union bringing to an end the strike that has lasted 100 days. We have just signed a return-to-work formula bringing to an end one of the most painful experiences for Kenyans.”
Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu who was also present at the news conference said: “I am glad that the strike has ended but I must say that it was a regrettable situation that will go to the black books of history.”
The officials did not give details of the deal that ended the strike to outline what will be paid to the doctors who had been demanding a 300 per cent pay increase.
The deal followed intense negotiations brokered by religious leaders who brought together representatives from the Attorney General’s office, Health Ministry and the Council of Governors.
Earlier Tuesday, the representatives’ were in the Appeals Court where they assured judges that the negotiations were to be finalised late Tuesday, culminating to the signing deal.