Court orders health workers to suspend strike

[Photo: Citizen TV]

Dec, 18th 2020 – The employment and Labour court has ordered health workers to suspend their strike.

The court directed the clinical officers, nurses and laboratory technicians to resume work for the next 14 days to give chance for negotiations between the unions and the government.

Justice Nzioki wa Makau gave a temporary relief order to suspend the strike for 14 days. The ruling read, “This to allow negotiation before mentioning virtually the case on December 30 to see if parties are able to agree on this single issue which should not bar the respondents and counsel for the first and fourth respondents’ members from rendering service.”

The workers however disregarded the order and vowed to continue boycotting work. The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers chair Peterson Wachira says the workers will not offer any services before their demands are met.

Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) Secretary-General George Gibore said that the order was meant for staff employment who earlier issued the strike notice demanding promotions. Gibore said, “We later issued another strike notice on issues safety at workplace for healthcare workers which cannot be equated to the previous strike notice.” He further said that the strike notice that was issued on the 23rd on November will remain and medics will remain out of hospitals for safety’s sake.

Gibore added, “This is a serious matter and court order is not sufficient enough to compel us to go back to work.” He emphasized that the ongoing strike is on grounds of safety at the workplace.

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