Panyako back to nurses’ union for strike talks with new CoG

Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary general Seth Panyako is expected back at the negotiating table, leading talks to end the nurses. strike.

Panyako ran unsuccessfully for Kakamega senator.

He was defeated by ANC candidate Cleophas Wakhungu who garnered 225 629 votes against his 197,017.

The union seeks to compel its employer, the county governments, to sign and register the disputed CBA that led to the strike .

It started on June 5 and is now in its 70th day.

KNUN acting secretary general Maurice Opetu yesterday told the Star the union hopes to find an amicable solution with the incoming Council of Governors.

“We expect that Seth Panyako will be back in the union in the next two weeks. He will spearhead the roundtable talks to end the strike,” he said.

Opetu said nurses are ready to work with the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta but he urged them to stay put.

Governors will be sworn in from Thursday to August 24.

Opetu said the union is happy to work with the same government it had drafted the proposed CBA with, as it recognised the content. He said the union is not exploring fresh negotiations, rather wanted the drafted proposal acknowledged.

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