The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (Kuco) has today, 23rd February, called off their 70-day strike following a court order.
Chairman Peterson Wachira urged members to obey the court order issued by Justice Maureen Onyango on Monday, 22nd February, and return to work.
In her ruling, Justice Onyango ordered the workers to return to work adding that no disciplinary action should be taken against them, and that employers should pay their salaries.
“We will comply with the court order and, therefore, direct our members to report to their respective workplaces, although our employers have not addressed our grievances on the unsafe working environment,” said Wachira.
“…we wish to reiterate our concerns on the county governments’ inaction to remedy the unsafe working environment, which informed this strike. As emphasized in our strike notice dated 23rd November 2020, we raised a number of issues that the employers have failed to address even as we resume duty in our various duty stations.”
Wachira said that as a union they would remain vigilant and focused on ensuring that the welfare, rights, and safety of clinical officers are upheld at all times.
He called on the Council of Governors to sign and implement the return-to-work formula so as to create a conducive working environment for clinical officers.
“The Council of Governors, which is the pivotal institution in the implementation of devolution. government guidelines, policies and statutes in the counties has negated its constitutional advisory and guidance mandate to the county governments by declining to sign the Return to Work Formula (RTWF) negotiated centrally under the guidance of ministry of labour.”