Kenya Healthcare Federation has in the recent past engaged the Ministry of Health (MoH) Council of Governors (CoG) and the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) and relevant officials in a mid to end the nurses strike Stalemate.
In a meeting with KHF Director Ms. Winnie Shena and Human Resource Committee Chair Mr. Kennedy Auma, Mr. Meshack Ndolo CoG Health representative stated that they have held several discussions with KNUN to try and end the stalemate to no avail. The strike however remain illegal as stated by the court and the CoG is still committed to fresh talks to end the 4 months standoff. Mr. Ndolo urged the county leaders to individually own up the stalemate by seeking other Interventions undertaken by some counties like Nandi, Bomet, Uasin Gishu and partly Kimabu who have gone back to work not based on the CBA.
The genesis of the standoff was when the CoG was tasked by the Salary and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to demonstrate affordability and sustainability of the CBA. Nurses want the implementation of the CBA, including uniform allowance of KES 50,000 / pa. The SRC required that the CBA be pegged on job evaluation done, an exercise that KNUN obtained a court order for nurses not to participate. The 1st report on job evaluations done by SRC was rejected as it termed nurses unskilled creating a second ember to the standoff. The CoG has since organized a re –evaluation with all the relevant stakeholders including NCK, MTRH and KNH and the feedback from SRC was received by CoG.