90 names struck off pay­roll, protest Tharaka Nithi nurses

They have not re­mit­ted our statu­tory de­duc­tions. Mem­bers’ Na­tional Hos­pi­tal In­sur­ance Fund pre­mi­ums have not been re­mit­ted, says KNUN chair­man

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - DEN­NIS DIBONDO @ DDi­bondo

Nurses in Tharaka Nithi have is­sued a seven-day strike no­tice to the county gov­ern­ment.

They want their griev­ances ad­dressed or they will down their tools.

Speak­ing to the Star on the phone yes­ter­day, Kenya Na­tional Union of Nurses Tharaka Nithi chair­man Fabi­ano Marigu said if the county re­fuses to ne­go­ti­ate, they will boy­cott work on Oc­to­ber 24.

“We want a round­table meet­ing with the county to solve our griev­ances once and for all,” he said.

Marigu said 90 work­ers’ names have been struck off the pay­roll.

“They have not re­mit­ted our statu­tory de­duc­tions. Mem­bers’ Na­tional Hos­pi­tal In­sur­ance Fund pre­mi­ums have not been re­mit­ted,” he said.

But Health chief of­fi­cer Wal­ter Mugambi said he is yet to re­ceive the strike no­tice.

“I will com­mu­ni­cate on the is­sue when I get the no­tice. I am yet to get the in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

Mugambi said all al­lowances have been paid and promised to fol­low up on the mat­ter.

“I will fol­low up with the Fi­nance depart­ment to make sure all is well, but I am aware they have been paid all their dues,” he said.

The nurses have gone on strike more than 10 times since Health was de­volved.

Leg­is­la­tors have pre­vi­ously ac­cused Gover­nor Sa­muel Ragwa of fail­ing to ap­pro­pri­ately han­dle the Health docket.

Chuka Igam­bang’ombe MP Muthomi Njuki said the docket should be re­verted to the na­tional gov­ern­ment since the coun­ties have failed.

How­ever, Tharaka Nithi Deputy Gover­nor Eliud Mure­i­thi re­cently blamed po­lit­i­cal lead­ers for the nurses’ strikes. Last month, the county gov­ern­ment crit­i­cised KNUN of­fi­cials for call­ing for a strike fol­low­ing a de­lay in Au­gust salaries. Ragwa said the salaries were paid as from Friday last week.

DEN­NIS DIBONDO

Kenya Na­tional Union of Nurses Tharaka Nithi ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Kennedy Micheni leads nurses to walk out of Chuka Hos­pi­tal in Fe­bru­ary 2016/

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