Mombasa Medical workers strike over stalled talks and 3 months unpaid salaries

Coast General Hospital in Mombasa.Photo | BBM
Coast General Hospital in Mombasa.Photo | BBM

Five health workers’ unions in Mombasa County confirm kick off strike over halted salaries for November and December 2021.

The medics pledged to take industrial effort until they are paid the salaries in full, their National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) reductions are remitted, and slips for medical cover initiated.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), Kenya Union of Pharmaceutical Technologists, Kenya Health Workers Professional Society (KHWPS), Kenya National Union of Laboratory Officers (KNULO) and Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) said their over 4,000 members will commence their strike today until their complaints are dealt with.

“We wish to note that despite having engaged the county government of Mombasa leadership for the last two years to strive and assure a conducive working environment, nothing substantial has come out of our talks,” said Mr Frankline Makanga, Mombasa executive secretary of the KUCO.

Ms Emily Mosoi, the KNUN branch secretary, said they were tired of empty pledges from the employer.

“Effective midnight, we shall stay away from our working stations. The strike is the only conversation that our employer believes. We, however, feel sorry for our patients and urge them to seek medication at alternative healthcare facilities,” she said.

KNULO branch secretary Mr Moses Maingi said no one should attain from their predicament which he begged politicians not to politicise.

“Having close to 4,000 workers in Mombasa not working is economic war. What we want is for listed complaints to be dealt with,” he said.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) last Tuesday handed out a strike notice, saying talks with the County Health Department on their complaints have been put off.

KMPDU Coast branch secretary Dr Nassir Shaban said for at least two years, they have had talks with the Mombasa county government towards assuring all the doctors in the county are under National Health Insurance Fund in vain.

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