Kenya National Union of Nurses General secretary Seth Nyanyako(center),Agnes Munderu(left) and (right)NEC committee member Stephen K.Rutere leaving Industrial court in Nairobi.
BY SAM ALFAN.
The much publicized nurse’s strike that was to begin Monday next week has been stopped by the industrial court.
This is pending the hearing and determination of the case scheduled for 11th December 2014.
The orders were issued after activist Okiya Omutata moved to court seeking to halts the planned strike on grounds that it impinges on the rights of millions of Kenyans to healthcare facilities.
The petition which was certified urgent by industrial court sitting in Nairobi now throws a spanner into the works of the controversial strike that had earlier threatened to split the nurses union the Kenya National Union of Nurses.
Industrial court ha had earlier allowed Kenya National Union of Nurses to commence contempt proceedings against one of their own.
The union wants Seth Panyako committed to civil jail for disobeying a court order restraining from convening National Governing Council meeting of the union.
The sad order was issued on 28 August 2014 and has been set aside by Mr Panyako, he however proceeded and held the meeting to the contrary.
The union told Justice Mathews Nderi, the power and dignity of the court stands to be undermined unless the contemnor is punished.
However, after a series of talks they united, settling for Monday 24th as the DDay to down tools over an unfulfilled bargaining agreement, salary arrears and lack of basic equipment but that has now suffered a jolt with the courts suspending the strike to allow inter party hearing on the 11th next month.
The nurses umbrella body-KNUN had issued a 21 day strike notice on the 1st of September but the petitioner okiya omtatah argues that this might affect millions Of Kenyans who solely depend on public health facilities and their right to life and healthcare services will be infringed. The Union is also pushing for the permanent employment of all nurses and the government to look into their working conditions among other issues.