Feb, 23rd 2021 – Clinical officers have suspended their 70 days strike, following a court order.
In a ruling, Justice Onyango ordered that all disciplinary procedures against the clinical officers be stopped and that employers pay salaries for all workers.
The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers Chairman Peterson Wachira, directed all members to report back to work. He added that clinical officers will adhere to the court rulings.
He however said, their demands are yet to be met. Mr. Wachira said, “we wish to reiterate our concerns on the County Government’s inaction to remedy the unsafe working environment which informed this strike. As emphasized in our strike notice dated 23rd November, 2020, we raised a number of issues that the employers have failed to address even as we resume duty in our various duty stations.”
He also urged the employers to sign and implement the Return To Work Formula, as they resume duty.
Mr. Wachira also said that clinical officers will not put their lives at risk as they do not have the protective gear. He added that even though they have complied with the court orders, they will only offer services when they are supplied with the protective equipment.
He said, “we shall not voluntarily expose ourselves. We shall only offer services when supplied with appropriate protective gear. We remain vigilant and focused to ensuring that the welfare, rights and safety of Clinical Officers is upheld at all time.”
Clinical officers have been on strike for the past 2 and half months. The strike was due to their grievances not met by the government.