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Murang’a nurses suffer major court blow – Weekly Citizen

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Labour and Employment Court in Nyeri has quashed a petition by Murang’a nurses seeking orders to compel the county government to pay them dues during the period they participated in a national strike.
Justice Nzioka Makau while delivering the judgment said the nurses did not enjoin council of governors in the suit, thus the petitioners misunderstood the law to mean the council supervises functions of governors.

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More than 480 nurses employed by Murang’a county government last year sued the county government after it failed to pay them salaries and allowances for the period they were on strike.
The nurses argued that in return to work formula signed by their national union officials and the council of governors, nurses who participated in a five-month strike were to get their full salaries.
For the five months, each nurse was demanding accrued salaries amounting to between Sh400,000 and Sh500,000.
During the proceedings, the county government represented by lawyer Josephat Kimwere argued that the strike was not protected by law and was as such illegal.
Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria maintained that no payment will be made for the period the nurses were on strike, saying members of the public suffered a lot while seeking for medical attention.
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