The nurses’ union has threatened to fine its members at the Nyeri Referral Hospital, who return to work as their colleagues continue to strike.
Kenya National Union of Nurses Nyeri Branch Secretary General Beatrice Nduati said each nurse who has defied the union’s call not to resume work will be fined 2.5 per cent of their monthly salary for the next four years.
She said the fine will be deducted immediately their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is signed and registered in court.
“When the CBA is signed, nurses who have already returned to work will be charged 2.5 per cent agency fee as punishment for defying the union’s directive,” she said.
This comes as the Nyeri Referral Hospital stopped admitting new patients following an influx over the five-month strike by nurses.
A total of 1, 000 nurses had gone on strike in June demanding the signing of the CBA that is to address their pay, working conditions and promotions.
But about 720 nurses are on strike while a total of 180 have gone back to work.
“All the nurses who are members of the union should participate in the strike and not return to work until the strike is officially called off,” she said adding that the members should follow the union’s leadership.
The nurses countrywide have been on strike since June this year.
However, hospitals in Nyeri, including the referral hospital have been attending to patients.
Patients have been sharing beds in both the male and female wards save for the maternity wing due to an influx from neighbouring counties.
The nurses said they would only call off the strike when their secretary General Seth Panyako calls off the strike.
Ms Nduati said nurses cannot negotiate at the county level because the strike is nationwide.
Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru has said he would not fire the nurses and instead would engage them in negotiations.