Nurses to meet to­mor­row af­ter court de­clares their strike il­le­gal

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics | Ministries -

Nurses will meet to­mor­row to dis­cuss their next move af­ter the Labour Court de­clared their strike il­le­gal.

Jus­tice Hellen Wasilwa fur­ther or­dered sec­re­tary gen­eral Seth Panyako (pic­tured) to call off the strike by Fri­day this week.

She faulted the union­ists for call­ing a strike with­out the manda­tory no­tice, dis­miss­ing claims they is­sued the no­tice in Novem­ber last year.

“It can­not there­fore be al­leged that the strike no­tice is­sued in Novem­ber last year is the same one that can be used to call a new strike in June,” Wasilwa said on Fri­day.

She fur­ther or­dered that Kenya Na­tional Union of Nurses’ chair­man John Biiy be re­in­stated to the union team that is ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Health min­istry and Coun­cil of Gover­nors.

Un­less they suc­cess­fully ap­peal the rul­ing or seek stay or­ders, the of­fi­cials will be in con­tempt of court if they don’t stop their strike this week. “The Na­tional Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil will meet on Tues­day in Nairobi to de­lib­er­ate what to do,” one of­fi­cial told the Star.

Wasilwa’s or­ders were di­rected at Panyako, his deputy Mau­rice Opetu, trea­surer Agnes Mun­deru and other union of­fi­cers Joseph Ng­wassi and Asha Ali.

Biiy, who is among those op­posed to the strike and in favour of di­a­logue, said he ex­pects his col­leagues to com­ply with the rul­ing. “Panyako and his fac­tion called the strike, when ne­go­ti­a­tions were on­go­ing and were about to bear fruit. They are re­spon­si­ble for deny­ing the nurses a CBA,” he said.

The strike was called by KNUN on June 5, to de­mand regis­tra­tion of their draft CBA.

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