More than 70 casual workers at Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi have downed tools today, 24th February, claiming that they have not been paid their wages since November.
Their spokesman, Patrick Mwendwa, said they faced intimidation by the management and called on the government to intervene.
“We had planned this strike some days ago, but were threatened that we would be fired. But the hospital has started employing other workers on the same terms and yet we haven’t been paid,” he said,
Speaking to the media this morning, the hospital administrator, Geoffrey Mosiria, denied there was a strike, adding that county nurses, doctors and other staff were at work.
“The nurses you are seeing outside the gate are casual workers. The strike has not affected operations in the hospital.”
He said the casual workers were only engaged on contract whenever there was a shortage of staff.
Mosiria admitted that the casual workers had not been paid since November but had forwarded a list of their names to the county and their salaries were being processed.
Meanwhile, last week, suspended Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko broke the news of the completion of the construction of an outpatient section at the hospital.
He posted on his Instagram a picture of the facility, saying it was one of the several projects he is undertaking. Sonko was barred by a Nairobi court from accessing his office over a Ksh357 million procurement graft case.