The Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) has rejected a job evaluation report by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) downgrading them in the professional cadre.
Secretary General Seth Panyako said the report, dated September 1, which the union received through the Ministry of Health, contains a lot of ambiguities that are inconsistent with the commission’s grading system. “We find it demeaning that SRC, in its wisdom, can place nurses who are professionally trained at Job Group A (the lowest cadre in the evaluation rank) down from G,” he said during a press briefing in Nairobi.
The union also asserted that the report was drawn based on banding system contrary to the one proposed by the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs that came into effect on July 1. The report, seen by The Nairobi Observer, appears to have promoted senior nursing officers while demoting juniors to the equivalent of support staff.
The new report shows that the lowest entry point for trained nurses is Sh11, 840 while the highest is Sh12, 510. In the previous Job Group (G), the entry points were Sh. 24,350 and Sh19, 770 respectively. The move, the union maintains, was politically motivated and are now calling for the immediate resignation of SRC chairperson Sarah Serem and commissioner Isaiah Kubai, who they accuse of failing to properly represent the workers. The nurses accused SRC of downgrading their profession by placing under the Civil Service Job Group B1, which is the lowest category.