Today Friday 30 June 17
The govt of Kenya through the Ministry of Health and the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union today 30 June 17 finally sign a revised version of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was proposed by the medical practitioners in march of this year.
Kenya Doctors on strike in March 2017
. Their efforts have finally paid off with the signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) by the national government
Kenya doctors went on industrial action at the start of this year and only went back to patient’s bedside in March after 100 days of striking.
Negotiations have been ongoing in order to arrive at a permanent solution to their grievances.
Kenya Nurses in the mean time don’t seem to be making any significant progress and are yet to get any concessions from the govt regarding their own CBA.
Since their strike began, they’ve largely been ignored as their strike goes into it’s second month.
With an already divided nurses leadership that weakens their bargaining power, it’s hard to tell
whether the nurses will have any success.
As it stands now, it can only be hoped that the services they offer in the public health sector are considered vital enough to force the govt to initiate a negotiation process soon.
Otherwise it doesn’t look like the nurses are about to get a deal from the govt, just yet.
The Kenya National Union of Nurses could learn a thing from their counterparts, the doctors.