Nurses’ union of­fi­cials sum­moned to court for not call­ing off strike

The Star (Kenya) - - Health Sector Crisis Day 4 -

Of­fi­cials of the Kenya Na­tional Union of Nurses have been sum­moned to court to ex­plain why they should not be com­mit­ted to civil jail for de­fy­ing or­ders to call off the strike.

Nurses skipped work from Mon­day, de­mand­ing that the June 27, 2013 col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment be im­ple­mented.

Em­ploy­ment and Labour Re­la­tions Court judge Hellen Wasilwa (pic­tured) di­rected the Kil­i­mani OCS to as­sist in pro­duc­ing the 16 listed in the ap­pli­ca­tion filed by the Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors.

They are Agnes Mun­deru, Ann Githiong’o, Asha Ali Ido, Charles Alisoreng, Damo Kwaraa, Fredrick Oigo, Ge­orge Shiveka, Henry Adolwa, John Bii, John Gachara, Joseph Ng­wasi, Mau­rice Opetu, Pu­rity Matu, Seth Panyako and Stephen Rutere.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Jus­tice Nel­son Abuodha had sus­pended a strike no­tice on De­cem­ber 1. The 30-day strike no­tice was is­sued on Novem­ber 14. The judge also di­rected that the par­ties ne­go­ti­ate to re­solve out­stand­ing is­sues aris­ing from the 2013 CBA. How­ever, on De­cem­ber 5, the union and its mem­bers pro­ceeded on strike.

The CoG said the nurses have pro­ceeded on an un­law­ful and un­pro­tected strike and Kenyans will suf­fer if it is not called off.

The con­tin­ued dis­obe­di­ence of the or­der, it said, is wa­ter­ing down the in­tegrity of the court and mak­ing Kenyans lose faith in the author­ity of the Ju­di­ciary.

“No one is above the law. It is es­sen­tial that court or­ders are obeyed for main­te­nance of good or­der,” the coun­cil said.

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