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GOVERNORS SHIFT GEARS ON NURSES STRIKE, SAYS IT’S ILLEGAL

Josephat Nanok chairman, Council Of Governors (COG)

Governors have now termed the ongoing nurses strike illegal, saying the medics did not follow the right procedure for industrial action as stipulated by law.

According to the chairman of Council of Governors (CoG), Josphat Nanok, the nurses went on strike before negotiations were concluded.

Nanok also acknowledged that the Sh Sh40.3bn deal with nurses was erroneous and would be difficult to effect as it was not sustainable.

A day ago, governors had blamed the salaries and remuneration commission for the ongoing strike, saying the commission was yet to give a “no objection” nod for the proposal to be implemented.

SRC, however, maintained that the process of negotiating the CBA was erroneous.

“I have in the last 24 hours engaged with CoG and they have committed and actually agreed that the whole process of the CBA was an error bearing in mind that whatever the negotiating team came up with was not approved by the CoG itself and it is something that they (governors) are yet to interrogate,” SRC Chairperson Sarah Serem said on Tuesday.

COG has now sought the intervention of Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie to facilitate conciliation between County Governments and nurses union.

The nurses went on strike three days ago, demanding for a full implementation of the CBA as agreed with the CoG in December.

Operations at public hospitals remain paralyzed as several people are reported to have died in various facilities across the country. in coast general hospital, six people have been reported dead since the nurses strike kicked off and yesterday a doctor lost his 8-month-old baby at the Kakamega referral hospital due to lack of oxygen as the cabinets where the medical supplies are kept were under lock and key.

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