Tharaka-Nithi nurses vow to continue with strike

Tharaka-Nithi nurses vow to continue with strike

Nurses from Tharaka-Nithi County have vowed to continue with their ongoing strike after they accused the county government of failing to heed to their complaints.

The nurses, who demonstrated from Chuka to the Tharaka Nithi County Assembly offices, said the county government has taken no initiative to solve the problems that face them.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Secretary General of the Nurses’ Union T.N Fabaiono and Nurses union chairman for Tharaka-Nithi County Kenneth Micheni insisted that the county government did not show any interest in listening to their pleas despite the fact that there were patients suffering in the hospitals.

The strike by the health workers is currently in its second week, with the nurses pushing for salary increments, promotions and improvement of working conditions.

Negotiations between the County Government and the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) seem to have hit a dead end, as the nurses have vowed to continue with the industrial action.

Addressing the press on Saturday, Kenya National Union of Nurses Tharaka-Nithi branch secretary, Kenneth Micheni, said county government officials had requested the nurses to resume their duties as they look into their grievances, but noted that they would not do so until their issues had been resolved.

“We will continue with the strike until the county government addresses our issues; even if it will take us two years to be heard,” he said.



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