NAIROBI, Kenya, June 6 – The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) says County Governments have not provided monetary proof that they are able to cater for the demands of the nurses in public hospitals as the strike entered day two on Tuesday.
Speaking to Capital FM News, Communications Officer Ali Chege said the Commission is exercising caution with regard to how tax payers’ money will be used.
He described the CBA as unrealistic and urged the Governors and nurses to come up with a more feasible document.
“We have to be careful on how we are going to use money from the tax payers. So we told the governors to provide proof that they can provide the funds to implement the document but they are yet to do so,” he stated.
The more than 25,000 nurses are demanding the implementation of the CBA and governors have said they are dedicated to ending the strike.
Kenya National union of Nurses (KNUN) Chairman Joseph Ngwasi stated that they are ready to negotiate but within the parameters of the document presented.
“We are very ready to meet and sign the CBA but not to discuss anything outside what we had agreed,” he stated.
Operations in many public hospitals across the country remain paralysed as the strike bites even as patients were sent packing.
Nurses in Embu began a go-slow in solidarity with their counterparts protesting against government’s failure to pay them their allowances negotiated last year.
At the Embu Level Five hospital, majority of the over 600 nurses reported to work but many remained idle, loitering outside the facility for the better part of the day.
Services however appeared to go on uninterrupted in counties such as Kisumu and Nyeri as the Kenya National Union of Nurses said the full impact of the strike will be felt on Tuesday.
Mombasa branch union secretary Peter Maroko said union officials had no option but to call for a nationwide downing of tools and accused the county governments of dragging their feet in the registration of the agreed upon Collective Bargaining Agreement.