According to Cherop, this shows that the government doesn’t recognize the importance of their work, saying they have resolved to lay down their tools on December 30th, 2020 should government fail to address their concerns by end of November.
Nurses and Midwives Union has again threatened industrial action following
their botched meeting to discuss their allowances on Thursday.
Kiplangat, the President of the Union says they went to the Ministry of Public
Service to alert the Minister and Permanent Secretary about their long-standing
grievances to increase their lunch allowance from the current Shs2200 and push
for their Shillings One billion SACCO money that was promised by the president
early in 2018.
says the meeting didn’t yield anything, not even a promise was made yet in
2018 cabinet approved the increase of their lunch allowance to Shs15000.
to Cherop, this shows that the government doesn’t recognize the importance of their
work, saying they have resolved to lay down their tools on December 30th,
2020 should government fail to address their concerns by end of November.
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Cherop says nurses are working under harsh conditions and the fact that they
are disrespected at the top ministerial level shows that they only have one
option, to stop working.
“This meeting wasn’t abrupt. It was a follow up. If a meeting is called there
should be no signs of disrespect to either party like what was exhibited on
Thursday where the minister invited us but ended up sending us non-consequential
officials who only could say we shall inform our bosses,” he said angrily.
This is not the first time that the union is issuing threats or even declaring
a strike. In 2018, when they first demanded an increase in their lunch allowance it took them an
industrial action to have cabinet discuss and pass the resolution to increase
it from Shillings 2200 to Shs15,000.
If government was to release this
money, it means they would spend Shs126billion on just lunch for the 24,500
registered nurses annually.