Atwoli Fingers Oparanya On Health Workers Strike

Atwoli Fingers Oparanya On Health Workers Strike

Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and his Labour counterpart to take charge of the ongoing industrial action by health workers.

Addressing the press in Nakuru, Atwoli said that the country was staring at great risk should the matter be left in the hands of the Council of Governors (CoG) which has declared a hard stance.

He lashed out at the CoG led by its chair Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya over their move to disown an agreement between striking medics and the Ministry of Health terming the approach as blind.

The trade unionist fired salvos at governors who have since fired striking health practitioners saying that this was against national and international labour laws about industrial action.

Atwoli criticized the county chief urging the rest of the governors to take personal responsibility in their respective counties to ensure smooth running of activities in public hospitals.

He called on the Ministry of Health to make a special request to the National Treasury to be provided with more funds to address the stalemate citing that the matter is turning political.

He vouched for the formation of a National Health Commission citing that the governors could no longer be trusted with handling of labour relations on critical sectors such as health.

He warned that continued disregard of labour laws is likely to plunge the country into a crisis that may escalate to the international community leaving Kenyans in pain.

He called on the National Assembly to enact laws that will centralize negotiations on labour issues in other sectors citing that the current situation leaves Kenyans exposed.

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