Doctors union to call off strike, if government inks deal

Doctors union to call off strike, if government inks deal

Striking doctors are today likely to sign a return-to-work formula after Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) officials ceded ground to have their 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) amended.

The union, together with the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) and Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KHCHR) were Sunday locked in a meeting that lasted more than four hours in a bid to find a breakthrough.

Led by Francis Atwoli (COTU) and Patricia Nyaundi (KHCHR) who are lead negotiators agreed that CBA in question forms the basis of the return to work formulae subject to amendments to conform to governance structures provided for in the country’s supreme law.

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The CBA as currently drafted did not recognise county governments, yet the 47 devolved employ at least 80 per cent of doctors.

Nevertheless, the tripartite meeting resolved that 2013 collective bargaining agreement  forms the basis of the return to work formulae, and that the  agreement and its amendments be implemented as per the time table to be discussed and agreed upon during the interparty meetings.

Doctors had demanded that the bare minimum, the talks should be guided by the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

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To the end, the two months strike, the negotiators resolved to amend and streamline the contentious clauses.

Among the combative clauses is article four that seeks to have the highest paid at sh 852,000 and the lowest paid sh 325,000.

KMPDU officials have for the last 60 days vowed to ensure their members do not resume duty until their demands are met.

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The return to work formulae which was drafted by the three parties also provides that the co-chairs convene an interparty meeting as soon as possible in which they will seek extension of time if no agreement is reached in 7 days as directed by the courts.

The proposals further requires that the  ministry of health and the council of governors on behalf of county governments be part of the talks, with the process being viewed as a mediation and nor an arbitration.

If accepted, the recognition agreement with the doctors union will be extended to Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi teaching and Referral Hospital and the Kenya Medical research Institute (KEMRI) and all public universities medical schools.

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Nevertheless, the mediators agreed that the agreements must be implemented before Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) calls of the strike devoid of any victimization.

Last week, Justice Hellen Wasilwa delivered a judgment following intervention by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU), with a promise to resolve the doctors’ impasse before one week lapses.

When contacted by X news, the chairman Human resources and social welfare of the council of governors James Ongwae remained non-committal saying that, they are yet to see the document.

“We will evaluate the agreed document before making a decision,” said Ongwae.

The Senate Committee on Health is this meeting KMPDU Officials regarding the ongoing doctors.

READ MORE: Your CBA is illegal, Senator Machage tell striking doctors

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