Taita Taveta County Government has announced job vacancies to fill positions of over 300 striking nurses in Kenya.
According to the advert being circulated on social media by county officials, the County Public Service Board resolved to employ nurses to end suffering of patients who have been forced to seek treatment in private hospitals. “The County Public Service Board announces recruitment of nurses on December 20, 2016 as from 8am in Mwatate, Voi, Taveta and Wundanyi sub counties.
Speaking in Voi, County Health Services executive, Gifton Mkaya has warned that the striking nurses that they will face disciplinary action for engaging in an illegal strike.
Mr. Mkaya said that the department will not recognize officials of the county’s Kenya National Union of Nurses until the national body writes to identify them.
He said that last week we entered into agreement with the national union that they will formally write to us and give us the names of their branch officials. Up to now they have not sent the names and it means this strike is illegal,” he said.
The nurses are protesting over delayed promotions, overtime, transfer and escort allowances.
They nurses had given the county government notice to continue with the strike after the nationwide strike that ended on Wednesday last week.
Mr. Mkaya said the purported union officials had failed to show up for a consultative meeting with county officials on Friday claiming the meeting was on short notice.”We had planned to tell them that the strike is illegal and we will take action against them.

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