Kenyatta National hospital is hitting the headlines again after the staff called on a strike today morning. The staff has downed their tools after the Salaries Remuneration Commission (SRC) failed to meet their three day ultimatum issued to them concerning increment of their salaries. The workers are seeking for issuance of salaries claiming that the funds were already released by parliament and SRC is withholding the funds.
Led by Keneth Thuranira the union blamed SRC for being solely responsible for the delay of salary issuance. They insisted that the SRC overstepped its mandate for failing to implement a salary review that was already approved by parliament. This demand dates back to 2012 where the government had promised a salary increment of between 18% to 30%. This was after KNH was ranked level 7A category from a parastatal category of 3C.
“These workers want one thing we know that SRC is the obstacle they are solely responsible for what is happening and we are tired of this games for the longest time possible SRC has been sustain in public sector workers you cannot say that you are not going to be involved in negotiations back at the back and you are the one giving prescription on who needs to be paid so if people negotiate and come to an agreement you can not an rubbish that and say this is what you pay”
The joy of a salary increment was however cut short after the workers came to learn that, only the CEO’s salary and allowances were confirmed to receive salary increment.”If the former CEO started enjoying the benefits of the hospital re-categorization since 2012, then we also need money that is owed to us since 2012,”Keneth Tharyra earlier stated in his statement.
The union has pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to look into their plight and use his executive power to alleviate the program. They further insisted that the president should issue a more directive KNH to receive payment effective immediately.”we urge the president to look into our plight and use your executive powers to alleviate this program.Give the executive directive to Kenyatta National Hospital to effect payment your excellency you have such powers .We cannot have one institution in government believing that it is above all other institutions”
One person has been reported dead following the strike that ensued today morning at Kenyatta National Hospital. The patient who Is said to have been referred to the hospital from a medical facility in Kawangware fell to his demise in the hospital’s parking lot after the staff failed to attend to him.
On September 25th, the workers led by Thuranira vowed to continue with the strike if at all their demands were not met. The Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education Institution, Hospitals workers claim that the SRC should implement the 2012 salary revision of the workers if at all they want the strike to be called off. They also said that the commission should pay all the salary arrears’ failure to which the Kenya National Union of Nurse (KNUN) and Kenya medication Practitioners will also go on strike.
“We are sending a clear message to the SRC, their job was to breach the gap between the high-income earners, with that of low-income earners but not to increase the salaries of the top managers and forget about those who work under them. We will not allow this and if the job is to hot for them then they should quit,”
A similar strike occurred back in 2019 however the hospital management and staff representatives talked and The Commision promised to immediately review on progress by 23 September and offer suggestions including the required budgetary consequences, mechanism and approval structure for the creation of the implementation roadmap.