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Clinical officers issue 48-hour strike notice as governors backtrack

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The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) is now crying foul after the Council of Governors (CoG) backtracked in implementing the Return-to-Work formula that ended their strike last week.

The union is accusing CoG of lacking goodwill to solve the health workers’ crisis in Kenya, and frustrating frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.

KUCO has now issued a 48-hour (two days) ultimatum for CoG to sign the agreement, failure to which clinical officers will start another countrywide strike.

KUCO Chairperson Peterson Wachira says that governors are playing politics with matters health.

The union claims that CoG has backtracked on the agreement that ended the strike, and told KUCO to seek signatures of the individual 47 county bosses.

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“We are here to say that President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Ministry of Health have the goodwill to solve health workers’ crisis, but CoG is playing politics,

We compromised as health workers to go back to work because of the return-to-work formula. We give CoG 48 hours for them to come together, harmonise, agree and sign the formulae, failure to which we shall return to our strike,” said Wachira.

Clinical officers on January 1 handed Kenyans a New Year gift when they ended their 26-day long strike, after coming to an agreement with the Ministry of Health.

KUCO signed the return-to-work formula with CS Mutahi Kagwe, but CoG, the other parties of the agreement, have declined to sign.

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