Dec, 7th 2020 – Healthcare workers have suspended the nation wide strike to the 21st of December 2020. The National Advisory Council has resolved to suspend the strike for another 14 days to give room for dialogue.
In a letter signed by KMPDU the Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda, it sates that the National Advisory Council met and deliberated upon the plight of doctors in the country.
It also states that KMPDU has considered the request by Senate and National Assembly Health Committees to suspend the strike. The resolutions state that in case the issues remain unsolved upon lapse of the 14 days, the strive will commence on the 21st of December 2020. The union has advised all its members not to endanger their lives as there are no enough Personal Protective Equipment.
The notice states, “The Union acknowledges the efforts of the two houses of parliament, National Assembly and Senate, to resolve the grievances raised in the strike notice dated 16th November 2020. We acknowledge the goodwill of the Kenyan doctors and the public.”
The notice continues, “KMPDU looks forward to the meetings set for the 9th and 10th of December by the Senate and National Assembly Health committees respectively.”
The National Advisory Council has resolved to Suspend the Strike for 14 days to allow for dialogue. KMPDU thanks @NAssemblyKE & @Senate_KE for their efforts.— KMPDU (@kmpdu) December 6, 2020
The government MUST address the 11 issues in the strike Notice failure to which the strike will commence on 21st December pic.twitter.com/BiaiCOTGrI
As part of their demands, the Union wants an addition of 2000 doctors employed while the Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) wants 7000 recruitments to take place. Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (Kuco) want 3000 more clinical officers recruited.
Earlier, the doctors had accused the government of failing to commit itself to fulfil the recommendations that would avert the strike. Mwachonda stated that the government had neglected the healthcare workers. He stated, “From the engagements we’ve had, there is now a tune that they want more time beyond the timelines that had been given by the Parliamentary Health Committee. That is why we’re saying there’s no more time because it’s about our lives, it’s about the soldiers who are on the frontline.“
With the change of heart, KMPDU hopes that the government will be more serious regarding issues affecting the health care workers and would make a change, to avert the next strike.