KMPDU Acting Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda [Photo: Standard Media]
Sept 28th, 2020 – The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) health workers, have begun their strike after the talk with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) failed.
The Health Workers Union officials walked out of the meeting on Sunday, after being kept waiting for hours. They are protesting the failure by the SRC to give a go-ahead to the review of salaries that was agreed upon in 2012.
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Acting Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda said the hospital management has attempted to solve the matter on several occasions, but the SRC has maintained that KNH retains the current salaries until the 2021/22 to 2014/25 review.
“We demand that the hospital implement a salary for all employees working in your facility as approved by the State Corporation Advisory Committee,” he said.
However, the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers led by Kenneth Thuranira, said the issue should be addressed by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), and not the hospital.
“We have no problem with the Management of KNH; we have no problem with Parliament and Treasury because we know they have done their part. The money is there. If the former CEO started enjoying the benefits of the hospital re-categorization since 2012, then we also need the money that is owed to us since 2012,” said Thuranira
The strike is expected to affect the largest referral hospital in the country with hundreds of patients who are admitted at the facility now fearing for the worst.