Homa Bay medics issue seven-day strike no­tice as they de­mand to be pro­moted

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza -

The Kenya Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers and Den­tists Union Homa Bay branch has is­sued a seven-day strike no­tice to protest against the fail­ure by the county gov­ern­ment to pro­mote its mem­bers. Branch sec­re­tary Ben Otieno said more than 20 medics out of 55 have re­mained in the same job group, de­spite meet­ing all the con­di­tions for pro­mo­tion. Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists in Homa Bay town on Tues­day, he said the sit­u­a­tion has de­mor­alised mem­bers, lead­ing to mass ex­o­dus to other coun­ties and the pri­vate sec­tor. “As a union, we are deeply con­cerned about the man­ner in which the Health de­part­ment has han­dled staff pro­mo­tions,” Otieno said. He said some of­fi­cers who had been pro­moted have not been paid their ar­rears. “A good num­ber of medics are hold­ing on to pro­mo­tion let­ters but no ad­just­ments have been made on their payslips to re­flect the pay for their new grades,” Otieno said.

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Kenya Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers and Den­tists Union na­tional chair­man Sa­muel Oroko ad­dresses the press on Au­gust 10 last year

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