Busia Government assures striking Nurses they are still on a payroll

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Busia County Government has assured the striking Nurses that they are still on payroll as the nationwide strike entered the eighth week on Monday with no solution in sight.
The Nurses had come to seek audience with the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong at his office over the unsigned Collective bargaining Agreement which has remained a blame game between the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and the Council of Governors.
Addressing the Nurses on behalf of the Governor, the County Secretary Nickodemus Mulaku allayed fears by some Nurses that they will not be paid their July salary.
” It is a HR issue. As at now we have not made a decision whether you will not be paid because of being on strike. The status quo remains. You are still on our payroll.
As the County Government we are more than ready to sign with you the recognition agreement and CBA. The only remaining part is the clearance from the SRC. But through the CoG we are still holding discussions with SRC to make sure that they give us green light. Once that happens I can assure we will implement that as yesterday,” he said.
The Nurses had requested that the National Government should pay them the contentious allowances directly. Mulaku said it will not be possible since health is a devolved function.
On the blame game between the CoG and SRC, the CS said the issue does not lie with the County Government. “We can only do that if the National Treasury increases the allocation. As at now over 70 per cent of the health budget goes to salaries. If not topped up on what comes for health, we might end up having 100% going to salaries. How do you even serve on those facilities,” he asked.
However, Mulaku told the striking Nurses to be patient and ensure that the health facilities are not brought to a halt by their absence from duty.
Busia Union Branch secretary Isaiah Omondi said they will only return back to work if the CBA is signed. “The President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have done nothing to end the Nurses strike
“If anything strikes in the country have increased compared to previous regimes.”

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