The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has softened its hardline stance on the ongoing nurses strike after it expressed readiness for fresh talks on the timelines the contentious Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) will be signed and registered but not renegotiating the deal.
Yesterday, KNUN acting chairman Joseph Ngwasi said the nurses are ready for round table talks but added that the deal. is non-negotiable “We want to put it very clear that the union and nurses are ready for engagement but not renegotiation of the CBA.
We are ready to come to the table and agree on when the CBA will be implemented,” he said. Thousands of nurses drawn from the 47 counties converged at Uhuru Park grounds before they held a procession to Council of Governors headquarters in Nairobi.
The strike, which is in the second month, has paralysed services in public hospitals, a situation likely to degenerate further after nurses declared unwillingness to resume work without a signed agreement of timelines of CBA implementation.
“We are not interested in politics, our preferred candidate is the CBA. We are still appealing to President Uhuru Kenyatta that it is about time he puts the government departments and line ministries in order by convening a meeting to end this stalemate,” added Ngwasi.
The union wants governors to sign and register the disputed CBA but the county bosses have remained adamant arguing the deal is too costly.