Doc­tors defy SRC, refuse to shelve strike over pay

They say the Salaries and Re­mu­ner­a­tion Com­mis­son has taken 18 months for eval­u­a­tion and still needs more time. SRC says it doesn’t set salaries

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries - LEWIS NYAUNDI @X_Nyaun­diH

Doc­tors yes­ter­day have de­fied the SRC and pledged to carry out their planned na­tion­wide strike in De­cem­ber to de­mand 300 per cent pay in­crease.

The Salaries and Re­mu­ner­a­tion Com­mis­sion urged them to shelve the work stop­page and await full de­tails of their pay re­view.

Doc­tor, nurses and other medics say a strike can only be averted if the SRC clearly out­lines what they should be paid..

Kenya Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers and Den­tists Union Nairobi branch sec­re­tary gen­eral Thu­ranira Kau­giria yes­ter­day dis­missed the ap­peal of the SRC chair­per­son. He said the com­mis­sion has taken too long and is wast­ing time and tax­pay­ers’ money.

“The com­mis­sion has taken 18 months in its eval­u­a­tion, yet still talk­ing of more time. They are do­ing noth­ing,” he said.

The SRC, in re­sponse, said it has no man­date to de­ter­mine salaries for pub­lic ser­vants, but to make rec­om­men­da­tions based on work per­formed.

SRC chair­per­son Sarah Serem yes­ter­day said the doc­tors union rushed into a strike threat be­fore get­ting full de­tails of their new salary struc­ture.

She urged doc­tors to be pa­tient as they fin­ish com­pil­ing the full de­tails of the re­port.

“Doc­tors got this whole is­sue wrong. We barely re­leased any de­tails on their pay or what the eval­u­a­tion re­port en­tails. We urge them to wait un­til all de­tails are re­leased be­fore they make any judg­ment,” she said.

“We are still hav­ing sched­uled clin­ics with em­ploy­ing agen­cies and stake­hold­ers to an­a­lyse the re­port and dis­cuss im­ple­men­ta­tion un­der the new job grad­ing struc­ture.”

The SRC re­leased the job eval­u­a­tion re­port last week, which re­viewed salaries for pub­lic ser­vants. It adopted a new grad­ing struc­ture to be used by em­ploy­ers to de­ter­mine pay in pub­lic ser­vice.

Soon af­ter its re­lease, the doc­tors and nurses’ union said the eval­u­a­tion did not meet their ex­pec­ta­tions, so they is­sued a 21-day strike no­tice that ex­pires on De­cem­ber 2.

Doc­tors de­mand a 300 per cent salary in­cre­ment, while nurses de­mand a 25-40 per cent rise and an al­lowance in­crease of 14-25 per cent.

Based on the new de­mands, the high­est paid doc­tor will earn Sh946,000 while the low­est paid will take home Sh342,770.

Cur­rently, the low­est paid doc­tor earns a ba­sic salary of Sh40,000 and works for an av­er­age of 450 hours in a month.

/COLLINS KWEYU

Nairobi county doc­tors protest out­side City Hall over un­paid six months’ salary on Septe­mebr 21

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