In Summary
  • Chairman Peterson Wachira and Secretary-General George Gibore accused the government of failing to honour the binding terms of a return-to-work deal it struck on October 5, 2017.
  • The formula required the two parties to sign, within 60 days, a recognition agreement in accordance with the existing labour laws before embarking on CBA talks.

The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) has threatened to mobilise its members to go on strike, as they accused the government of frustrating negotiations on their collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

The union leaders expressed their displeasure with the manner the Council of Governors (CoG), and the Health and Labour ministries were handling the negotiations.

ALLOWANCES

Chairman Peterson Wachira and Secretary-General George Gibore accused the government of failing to honour the binding terms of a return-to-work deal it struck with the clinical officers on October 5, 2017. The formula required the two parties to sign, within 60 days, a recognition agreement in accordance with the existing labour laws before embarking on CBA talks.

“We have exhausted all the alternative dispute resolution mechanisms as provided by the law. We are now left with no option but industrial action,” said Mr Gibore.

He said the negotiations that started in December 2017 with a timeline of up to January 31, 2018 were dragged to April 2018, when the government walked out of the negotiations, leading to their collapse.

The clinical officers, through their union, have been demanding a raise in their risk allowance from Sh3,000 to Sh30,000 and call allowance from Sh10,000 to Sh70,000.

They also want health workers’ allowances increased from Sh20,000 to Sh30,000.

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