Governors have threatened to take administrative and legal action against striking nurses who will not resume duty. According to them, nurses should return to work because they are taking part in an “unprotected strike”. In a letter addressed to the Kenya National Union of Nurses officials, the county leaders say that the association did not adhere to the recognition agreement, the KNUN constitution and the labour relations law when it called for the industrial action. “Knun must demonstrate proof of compliance with the recognition agreement and its constitution within 24 hours failing which, as employers, county governments will take “appropriate” administrative and legal action,” a letter signed by Kisii Governor James Ongwae, who is the chairman of the Council of Governors’ Human Resources, Labour and Social Welfare Committee, says. In the document seen by the Nation, the governors says that it is unjustified that the current strike is a continuation of the 2016 industrial action since the return-to-work formula signed last year ended that strike.

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