Nurses in Tharaka-Nithi end strike after receiving salaries

Thursday January 12 2017

Tharaka-Nithi nurses’ union branch chairman

Tharaka-Nithi nurses’ union branch chairman Fabian Marigu (left) and secretary-general Kenneth Micheni addressing journalists in Chuka town on January 12, 2016 when they called off a three-day strike after the county government paid nurses their December salaries. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ALEX NJERU
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Health workers in Tharaka-Nithi County have called off a strike that had lasted for three days after receiving their delayed December salaries.

The workers were also demanding the remittance of pending statutory deductions for the last few months.

Addressing journalists in Chuka Town on Thursday, Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) branch chairman Fabian Marigu asked the nurses to resume work on Friday morning.

“I have confirmed that all members have received their salaries and I therefore call off the strike and we shall be resuming work tomorrow,” said Mr Marigu.

Mr Marigu confirmed that the pending statutory deductions had been remitted but asked the county government to avoid such delays which inconvenience the employees.

He also asked the union’s members to scrutinise their payslips to ensure there are no illegal deductions by their employer.

The official faulted the county government for delaying their salaries and forcing them to paralyse services.

“Let the county ensure that we have our salaries in time to avoid causing suffering to patients,” he said.