In Summary
  • The boycott comes after an expiry of a seven-day notice to the county and the health workers have vowed to tighten the rope if their demands are not met.
  • The workers claim they are caught in the middle of a blame game within the county leadership that has led to the delay of passing of the county budget.
  • Devolved civil servants in the county have also joined the boycott due to the pending pay of July and August salary and failure in remittance of NHIF deductions.

Kisumu is staring at a crisis after county staff and health workers’ downed their tools Wednesday.

The health workers have already cautioned the public from seeking services in public health facilities stating that all health professionals have downed their tools.

“We are warning the public to stay away from public hospitals. Whoever will attend to you is not a professional, all professionals are away from work. If you have a sick relative take them to a private hospital,” said Kenya Union of Clinical Officers Kisumu branch chairman Mr Vincent Owaa.

MOTHER OF ALL STRIKES

The boycott comes after an expiry of a seven-day notice to the county and the health workers have vowed to tighten the rope if their demands are not met.

They are demanding pay of full July and August salaries, remittance of loan and statutory deductions to banks and the implementation of promotions.

“This will be the mother of all strikes. We will not be cowed to resume duties until our demands are met,” said Kenya National Union of Nurses’ (KNUN) branch secretary Mr Maurice Opetu.

WORK WITHOUT PAY

He went on: “It is not in our liking to go on strike but the county leaders we elected have imposed the strike on us. It is very painful that we have worked for two months without pay.”

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