On Friday morning, Kenyatta National Hospital workers staged peaceful protests after the Salaries and Remuneration Committee (SRC) failed to implement to initiate a salary agreement from eight years ago.
The health workers under the umbrella bodies of Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), Kenya Medical Practitioners, and Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied workers (KUDHEIHA), linked up at the institution at 9 am and began their demonstration.
In a letter to the Regional Police Commander, the hospital staff stated that they would end the protests at 1 pm.
The journey would end at the SRC offices at Williamson House in Community.
The letter read that despite the protests, services at the health facility will continue as usual.
The state corporation advisory committee in 2012 evaluated all government agencies in the country, including referral hospitals. Following the evaluation, employees were moved from group 3B to 7A hence increasing their salary scale.
The hospital’s management body in2019 reached out to the National Treasury in a bid to implement new salary figures for health workers.
Treasury put aside Ksh 2.4 billion and early this year; it handed Ksh 601 million to the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Salary categorization for health workers
During the re-categorization process, Treasury factored in salary scale for all job groups. For instance, those on job group K1 and earning slightly above Ksh 191,000 would henceforth get Ksh 318,566.
Those on K3 with a monthly income of 141,000 would earn a minimum of Ksh.211,793, while those making slightly above Ksh.23,810 on K13 would now get Ksf 27, 509.
However, SRC has halted the implementation and re-categorization process. It said in a letter that moving hospitals to a higher level didn’t include salary review.
A letter received by KNH CEO Dr Evanson Kamuri from the commission directed him to stop the salary review process.
The workers have, however, demanded that salary review for all workers at the facility must take place.