Kenya Union of Nurses, Makueni branch have threatened to strike and down their tools alongside their counterparts nationally on Monday (7th December).
Speaking to Mauvoo News Friday, an official of the union Geoffrey Mulota said that the strike notice they gave on 23rd November will expire on 7th December.
Mutola said that the strike will be held by nurses countrywide stating that some of their grievances have not been met.
“From date 7 all the nurses in Kenya, Makueni included will not be working because the grievances we had given out have not been met although talks are ongoing,” said Mulota.
He said that their cries are directed to the national government and not the county government of Makueni noting that it would be helpful if their needs are met and the strike called off.
Mulota revealed that since 2016 their collective bargaining agreement hasn’t been honored. He lamented about the shortage of nurses in hospitals asking for more to be hired.
The official urged residents with sick relatives in the hospital to be aware of the strike and know how to handle the issue.
“Our prayers are that before we reach there we will have gotten a response and if possible the strike be called off if not we will go on as planned,” he reiterated.
Mulota decried a shortage of personal protective equipment and that the ones they have been using were of low quality.
In October, Health care workers from Makueni county postponed a strike that was scheduled to commence on 12th October for another 30 days. According to union officials, the move to postpone the strike was to give room for further dialogue as the county had shown some level of goodwill and also to abide by a court order.
Doctors, nurses, and clinical officers are all set to go on strike on December 7th over a range of demands from the government, including the provision of health insurance, quality PPEs, isolation, and treatment centers for health workers.