Taita Taveta Health workers Strike termed as illegal

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Taita Taveta Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui has termed the planned strike by health workers as  illegal.

Mlagui said the strike is premature and in contravention of earlier signed return-to-work deal.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), Kenya Health Professionals Society (KHPS), Kenya National Union of Medical Laboratory Officers (KNUMLO) and Kenya National Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) have threatened to down tools from Monday.

 They claim failure by the government to pay salary and promotional arrears within the agreed period.

“A meeting was held with all unionized staffers and all these issues were discussed. There is absolutely no point of calling for a strike,” Mlagui said.

She said the county gave a progress update to the health workers during the meeting and they were satisfied that salaries had been paid within the agreed period.

The workers are protesting failure by the government to remit their third party deductions that include loans, NHIF, NSSF, among others.

Other grievances are delayed salaries, understaffing and delayed promotions that have also affected service delivery in the county.

The deputy governor said that the county labour director Stephen Gona will convene a meeting between the county government and unions on Tuesday.

 

County assembly’s health committee chairman Frank Mmare asked the unions to give more time for the government to effect payments.

He said that funds to pay for the statutory deduction had been included in the supplementary budget that was signed by Governor Granton Samboja on Thursday.

“In this budget, we have increased the allocation for the health department to enhance efficiency through the purchase of pharmaceuticals and equipment. Let us give the government more time,” Mmare said.

Taita Taveta health workers demonstrates at Moi Stadium, Voi on September 26.