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Signing of the Doctors’ Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and the Recognition Agreement between the KMPDU and the 47 County Governmentswith the County Public Service Board.

Doctors CBA SigningOn 7th July 2017, the doctors signed the much anticipated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and the Recognition Agreement whose matter led to a prolonged strike that went on for over three months. The CBA seeks to improve doctor’s basic pay and other allowances.

It was signed between the County Governments and KPMDU officials led by their Chairman Dr. Samuel Oroko and Secretary General Dr. Ouma Oluga.

The signing of the CBA follows the return to work formula which ended the 100-day strike. The Chairman Council of Governors, H.E Josphat Nanok who witnessed the process noted that this marked a great milestone in the important process of resolving the human resource challenges in the Kenyan health sector. He added that counties have achieved several milestones from start of the negotiation process till now. This would not have been possible without the able leadership and direction offered by the Chair of the Human Resource committee of the Council of Governors - H.E James Ongwae who he thanked in absencia. He concluded by thanking the KMPDU for paying a courtesy call to the Council of Governors on 13th June, 2017.

The Chairman of the Health Committee, H.E Governor Ranguma was grateful to the KMPDU for exercising patience and restraint during the negotiation process. This he noted allowed the negotiating team ample time to resolve all outstanding issues in an environment devoid of tension. Additionally, this also allowed for the requisite consultation of all stakeholders, including constitutional bodies mandated to advise on matters human resource. Governor Raguma called on the Kenya National Union of Nurses, to adopt this cordial approach to resolve pending industrial and labour issues amicably without affecting healthcare service provision. Irrespective of this He also reiterate the Counties commitment to finding a lasting solution that will foster industrial harmony in the health sector. Speaking today during the signing ceremony, the CEO of the Council of Governors Jacqueline Mogeni was equally pleased that the Union had come to an agreement with the County Governments and expressed hope for better service delivery at the County Level.

The Union’s Secretary General Dr. Oluga apologized to the public for the industrial action that caused a lot of deaths in the Country. He noted that the union was ready to partner with stakeholders to improve the health sector. He called on the National Treasury to provide funds to ensure full implementation of the agreement and improvement in the Health Sector which is a key pillar in the country. Dr. Oroko, the Chairman KMPDU agreed that the signing

of the CBA and Recognition Agreement marks the beginning of constructive engagement between the government and the union and hoped that moving forward, industrial action wouldn’t be a necessary action in their interaction with their employer who is the County Governments.

The signing of the CBA assures Kenyans of better healthcare services and care givers who are happy and are willing to serve better moving forward. From all the parties involved, the key message was that it is important that every Kenyan receives good medical services especially at the County level and it was also quite evident that both parties were willing to ensure that the Health Sector succeeds and were looking forward to a better and healthier working

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