Nurses in Siaya County have threatened to down their tools if their salaries shall have not been paid by Tuesday next week.
The Kenya National Union of Nurses Siaya County secretary Mr. Sylvester Ng’anda revealed that they have not received their salaries for close to nine months, noting therefore that they cannot continue working without pay.
He revealed that the union held a meeting with the administration of Siaya County government which promised to release the salaries by Friday this week, but as a union he says they have given the administration an allowance of up to Monday next week.
Mr. Ng’anda, who lamented that nurses are currently suffering, spoke to the press at the Siaya County referral hospital where he stated that they will down their tools without any further notice to the county government.
The Secretary said that their industrial action will be legal even without any notice reiterating that should the county government fail to honor its pledge, all health facility across the county will remain closed.
He lamented that the county government has taken its workers for granted, noting that other sectors are also suffering because of a trend where salaries are pain in piece meal.
Mr. Ng’anda took the opportunity to call on other county government workers to also come out and find for their plight, adding that they should consider it wise to join the nurses in the strike next week.
However, in reaction to this Siaya governor Cornel Rasanaga told off nurses saying they should not abandon their dity since they are not the only workers who have not received their salaries .