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Court of Appeal to receive progress report on doctors' strike negotiations Thursday

The Health and Labour and Social Welfare Committees will meet KMPDU officials, then former PS Mark Bor, who allegedly did not sign the highly contested 2013 CBA.

 

This is in line with the earlier directive by the Court of Appeal that a report on the outcome of the talks led by Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) be filed on or before Thursday February 23, seven days after the ruling.

The KNCHR and LSK have been spearheading the protracted mediation talks and sources within the negotiating table hinted that progress had been made in various aspects as highlighted in the highly contentious Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed in 2013.

“The mediation team wishes to inform the public that progress has been made in various aspects of the dispute,” they indicated in statement to the press.

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They explained that there are certain issues still pending, and “the parties have taken a short recess to consider their respective positions.”

“Meanwhile, the panel of mediators is taking this time to prepare a progress report to be filed in court Wednesday, 22nd February 2017.”

They expressed the commitment of all parties involved in the talks to find a lasting solution agreeable to all.

They indicated that the mediation process is set to resume on Thursday at 2pm subject to the direction and order of the court.

In the meantime, two Committees of the National Assembly will Wednesday hold joint sittings to determine the progress being made in the efforts to end the countrywide strike.

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The Health and Labour and Social Welfare Committees will first meet with the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) officials before having a sitting with former Health Principal Secretary Mark Bor, who allegedly did not sign the highly contested 2013 CBA.

The joint committee is thereafter expected to hold sessions with the Council of Governors Chief Executive Officer, the chairperson of the Salaries and remunerations Commission (SRC) Sarah Serem and that of the Public Service Commission head respectively.

In the afternoon, it will meet with the Cabinet Secretaries for Health, Labour and Social Welfare and National Treasury.

Sabotage

On Monday, the negotiations came to a rude stunt after a government official who is not part of the negotiations leaked the details of the meeting, contrary to an agreement.

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Through a Facebook post which the KMPDU rubbished, the Digital Communications Officer at State House, Denis Itumbi, had indicated that the doctors failed to sign the deal, yet there was no such move.

Doctors went on a nationwide strike paralyzing specialised services in public facilities pushing for the implementation of an agreement signed in 2013, which among others, will see their remuneration packages go up and sanitise their working environment.

The 2013 CBA is not, however, legally protected as they did not register it in a court of law.

Last month, Senate Health Committee termed the CBA illegal, taking back any developments that had been made in resolving the matter.

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