Blow To County Governments As High Court Upholds Clinicians Strike
The high court has upheld the ongoing strike by the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers and at the same time ordered both the county governments and the KUCO officials back to the negotiating table.
Justice Byron Ongaya ruled that the countrywide clinical officers strike which has entered day 15 is legal and protected.
Ongaya directed the clinical officers employers (the 47 County Governments ) and National Government through the conciliatory team to negotiate in good faith and report to him with a Return to work formula on Tuesday the 19th of November.
Addressing members of the press outside Milimani court, KUCO national deputy chair Tom Nyakaba thanked the court saying the ruling has shown that the justice system in Kenya is working while also sending a strong message to the county governments saying that clinical officers are not going to be cowed down by intimidations.
“We want to send a strong message to our employers(the 47 county govts) that we are not going to be cowed down by their intimidations, we not going to agree to their demands if they don’t follow the law. We want to follow the law but they have to follow the law first, let them sign our cba, ratify our schemes of service, let them pay our interns, let them promote and redesignate all clinical officers,” narrated Nyakaba
Nyakaba added that they are staying put, following the court ruling and orders until their demands are met.