Kenyan doctors sign deal to end crippling 100-day strike

The Court of Appeal has given parties involved

Kenya doctors end strike after deal with government

Kenyan doctors ended a three-month strike in public hospitals on Tuesday after reaching agreement on pay and working conditions, ending a standoff that threatened to embarrass the government before August's elections.

Union officials representing thousands of striking medical workers have signed an agreement with government officials in the capital, Nairobi.

"I want to announce here that the doctors union has finally put to an end the strike", he declared at a joint news conference with government officials and religious leaders who brokered the deal.

Doctors are now expected to work under the supervision of some 47 County governors, who are responsible for public health as the second tier of a devolved government structure.

The end of the strike comes after repeated calls for for the medics to call off their industrial action for the sake of their patients. "The strike is over but we need to restore industrial harmony".

Mailu said it was saddening that the strike took long, at the expense of suffering Kenyans. "We wish that this country shall never experience this again".

The KMPDU which has been demanding a 300 percent salary increase for its members as agreed in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) says the lowest paid doctor should earn 3,450 USA dollars while the highest should be earning 9,450 dollars.

"We are happy that the union has put an end to the strike".

He said doctors will today sign with Kenyatta National and Moi Teaching and Referral hospitals a modified return-to-work agreement.

Doctors will enjoy good working conditions once a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is registered in court.

"While we are cognisant of the undesired consequences of the strike on our national psyche and public health system, we remain optimistic that the issues raised were pertinent enough and worth the delay", they stated.

The deal reached states that the allowances will be paid to all practicing doctors, pharmacists and dentists.

Kenya's public doctors, who train for six years at universities, earn a basic salary of $400-$850 a month. The new allowances will be effective from January 1, 2017.

They further agreed that the county governments and KMPDU shall conclude the recognition agreement based on a model prepared by both parties during the mediation process by the Law Society of Kenya, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, and religious leaders. Reuters reports that county governments have recognized the agreement and will conclude local agreements within the next 60 days.

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