Homa Bay medics issue seven-day strike notice as they demand to be promoted
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.
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union national chairman Samuel Oroko addresses the press on August 10 last year