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Sigh of relief as nurses’ union calls off strike

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has called off nationwide strike after governors signed a deal to recognise their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

KNUN Secretary-General Seth Panyako said talks will now begin in January 2017. “Talks on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2013 will begin in January. For now we have reached an agreement with the counties to end the strike,” he said, adding that nurses should begin going to their places of work because the strike is off.

The bargain offered nurses an annual payout of Sh20,000 for those between Job groups G-L and Sh15,000 for nurses in Job Groups M and above.

Sixty per cent of it will be paid in January next year and the remainder on July 1, 2017. Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said the pay rise will cost the government Sh7 billion annually.

The move comes after chaos rocked the nurses union governing council over the deal. Ending the strike is however a good relief for Kenyans who had endured without medical care in most public hospitals when nurses and doctors went on strike.

Doctors are however still on strike despite court ordering them to resume work.

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