Doctors Given 5 Days to End Strike or Face Jail

Doctors Given 5 Days to End Strike or Face Jail

Court has extended the suspension of doctors’ union officials’ sentence by five more days to give room for further negotiations with the Government. The KMPDU officials were expected to begin their jail sentence today but Judge Hellen Wasilwa has reviewed the order allowing negotiations to proceed up to 31st of January.

The labour court extended the suspension on the condition that they {KMPDU officials} end their job boycott in five days.

Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Hellen Wasilwa on Thursday also ordered the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) to continue talks with the government.

The judge sternly urged the doctors’ union officials to call off the strike, saying the issue at hand was of great public interest.

“Given that the matter is in the public interest, I will allow some more time to have this issue resolved,” she said. “I will suspend the sentence for five days so the doctors will not be going to jail today; they have five days to call off the strike.” She rulled.
The Union, through lawyer Washika Ochima had filed an urgent suit asking the court to review its orders that gave the union officials two weeks to finalise talks with the Government and call off the strike or go to jail.

The doctors are demanding full implementation of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) they signed with the government in 2013.

KMPDU officials had appeared before Justice Wasilwa to update her on the ongoing negotiations on doctors’ salaries with the Health ministry.

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