Health workers suspend strike, give gov’t 21 more days for dialogue

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Health workers on Sunday, May 17 suspended their strike, to give government more room for dialogue.

According to the Kenya Health Professionals Society (KHPS) chairman Mohamed Duba, health workers decided to call off the strike after a positive engagement with the Ministry of Health on Friday.

“We are in solidarity with the unions of healthcare workers to suspend the strike because we’ve had fruitful engagement on Friday with the minister of health. We are also looking forward to fruitful engagement with CS for labor and CoG Chair Wycliffe Oparanya,” said Duba.

Duba further says that the decision was catapulted by the  fact that the country is currently exposed to a global emergency in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, and therefore the need to give government more time to solve issues amicably.

They, however, promise to down tools in the event that government would not have taken them seriously after the 21 days.

The medical practitioners are demanding for better workplace protections and the harmonisation of risk allowances to Sh30,000 across all cadres. They say currently some workers get Sh20,000 while others Sh3,000.

KHPS represents seventeen cadres of health professionals.

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