Funyula member of parliament, also Busia governor aspirant, Paul Otuoma is blaming the government for failure to restore normalcy in the health sector following the countrywide strike by nurses now in its 7th day.
Otuoma accuses the government of neglecting the nurse’s welfare in the country.
The countrywide strike by nurses, now one week old, comes barely 6 months after a similar strike. And two months after the 100 days of doctor’s strike that paralyzed the health sector.
The nurses are back on the streets with a similar cry in four years in 2013, they signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the government which up to date has never been implemented.
In June 23, 2015, doctors and nurses in public health facilities moved to court to compel the government to honor the CBA. By doing so, would make the CBA legally binding and enforceable.
Nurses have proposed a return to work budget of 40 billion shillings contrary to the 3.4 billion returns to work formula which was agreed on in December 2016.
A demand, the council of governors termed unrealistic.
A situation that has elicited mixed reactions form even political leaders across the country.
Funyula Member of Parliament, and Busia governor aspirant, Paul Otuoma has blamed the government for failure to restore normalcy in the health sector.
Speaking with the press, Otuoma has accused concerned parties for boycotting meetings meant to end the strike.
Labour CS, Phyllis Kandie is said to have skipped a meeting with nurses’ union officials after governors requested the labour ministry to over negotiations.
On the other hand, Nairobi governor, Evans Kidero has threatened to sack the striking nurses from his county.
The CBA agreed on the improvement of all members working conditions and the absorption of all health workers under the Economic Stimulus Programme on permanent and pensionable scheme.
Improvement of all members working conditions, Absorption of all health workers under Economic Stimulus Programme on permanent and pensionable schemeSalary increment.