Nurses axe union chairman for sabotaging push for higher pay

Seth Panyako, the secretary-general of the Kenya National Union of Nurses.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses has today expelled the chairman John Biiy.

Mr. Biiy was expelled by theĀ union’s National Executive Council who claimed among other misconducts that he has been sabotaging the ongoing talks to formulate a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

It is claimed that Biiy contravened the union’s constitution by not observing internal dispute mechanism. “Biiy violated the union constitution by colluding with employees, employers and Government and other entities to frustrate the union’s programme and activities of importance to frustrate the CBA negotiation in progress,” said the union’s Deputy General Secretary.

Currently, Biiy has an active case in court against Panyako for abuse of office due for Monday. “As far as I am concerned, we have not received any orders from the court barring us from taking such a disciplinary action. Usually, anyone who is not satisfied with the council’s decision has 21 days to appeal,” said Panyako.

The rift in the union emerged in December last year when Panyako led the National Governing Council in rejecting a return to work deal signed by Biiy and Opetu with the government for nurses who were then on strike.

It was until Panyako stepped in and renegotiated the deal awarding the nurses a new nursing service allowance of between Sh15, 000 and Sh20, 000 permanent on their payslips that the strike was suspended. The two leaders were later pardoned by the union’s governing council.