Over 500 nurses affiliated to the Kenya National Union of Nurses Busia branch have suspended their strike to give the on-going reconciliation talks and a court order a chance.
The move to call off the strike that started on Monday 18th was reached on Friday evening following successful talks between Union officials and the County Government led by Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi.
Addressing the press after over four hours of intense negotiations at the Health Offices boardroom, Mulomi who is also acting Health Executive said the county government has initiated the issuance of promotion letters which will be concluded on April 4, 2019.
The County government shall permit and facilitate nurses who wish to join Lap fund to do so voluntarily.
The list of Economic Stimulus Program staff absorbed by my government will be submitted to the National government for payment of their gratuity.
The County government agreed to establish the office of Director of Nursing through following all laid down procedures and in accordance with scheme of service of nurses.
Hon Mulomi said no striking nurses will be victimized for participating in the strike, adding that the union had agreed to suspend the strike from February 25th, 2019 to 20th April, 2019 as per the court order.
The County Government is open to further discussions with the union officials and does not subscribe to disruption of normal health services in the county’s health institutions.
KNUN Busia Branch chairman Isaiah Omondi thanked Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s administration for exhibiting top class sportsmanship that led them to call off the strike.
Omondi said the County Government has already processed 140 promotion letters and they expect 200 more nurses to be promoted in the prescribed time.
“We also laud the County Government for giving us an open door to their log, adding that they have agreed on various issues including matters in-house which will be discussed behind the cameras.