The health workers’ strike that was to begin today, 18th May, has been postponed for 21 days.
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary-General Seth Panyako and the Kenya National Union of Clinical Officers Secretary-General, George Gibore, announced the decision this morning at the KNUN headquarters in Uchumi House, Aga Khan Walk, in Nairobi.
They said the decision had been arrived at to allow negotiations between the union and the Ministry of Health to continue.
Panyako said they had also considered the consequences in the health sector if they went ahead with the strike amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fourteen days ago, the health workers’ unions issued the strike notice to down tools countrywide if the ministry would not look into their grievances.
They complained about unpaid hardship allowances and a poor working environment, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Panyako said that the nurses, who were at the front line in handling Covid-19 patients, did not have protective gear.
The union leader was also concerned about the increasing Covid-19 cases among health workers.