Relief to 78 health workers sacked by Governor Mandago’s administration as court orders that they be reinstated

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An Industrial Court in Nakuru on Friday ordered  Governor Jackson Mandago’s administration to reinstate 78 health workers who were sacked last year.

In August 2014, the health workers through the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), filed a court application after efforts to dialogue with Governor Mandago and other officials over their employment failed.

The health workers accused the county for irregularly terminating their services,  under the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) after they refused to sign contract extension letters.

Justice Stephen Radido ruled in the favour of the health workera ordering the County government to absorb and confirm ESP health staff whose contracts expired on 20th 2014 on a permanent and pensionable basis.

He also ordered that their salaries and allowances be backdated to February 12th 2015.

“The aggrieved be compensated for underpayments suffered while doing same job like their colleagues and earning less. The court issues permanent injunction against the respondent not to subject the grievant to fresh renewal of contracts and signing of job evaluation forms,” read part of the ruling.

The court further ordered Mandago’s administration to pay Kshs 50, 000 as costs incurred by the Union.

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