Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) has signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels and Educational Institutions (KUDHEIHA). The CBA runs from 2017-2021. MTRH CEO, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, signed on behalf of MTRH. Deputy Secretary General, Samson Kioko, signed on behalf of KUDHEIHA. Speaking during the signing ceremony, the CEO commended the negotiating team from both MTRH and KUDHEIHA for a job well done. He said the Hospital had involved all parties right from The National Treasury, Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and Ministry of Health.
He lauded the CBA as a progressive one. Dr. Aruasa observed that KUDHEIHA was the first union to sign a recognition agreement with MTRH Board on 26th July, 2007." I wish to commend KUDHEIHA for their sobriety, wisdom and in-depth understanding of labour relations," he said. The CEO stated that the Hospital Management was committed to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms saying mediation is one of them. As a matter of fact, he added, the Hospital Management invited representatives from Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU), Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) and KUDHEIHA to a week-long mediation training held at an Eldoret Hotel in April, 2018. "The CBA covers all workers' matters and is quite progressive in that it emphasizes dialogue, negotiations, mediations and other Alternative Dispute Resolution( ADR) mechanisms in resolving any differences that might arise between workers and the employer." The signing of the CBA is a win for staff, patients and Kenya as a whole. "We are focused on staff welfare. Even at the Hospital Board level we have renamed the Human Resource and Capacity Development Committee to People Management Committee,"he added.
The Deputy Secretary General, on his part, expressed sincere gratitude to the CEO for his support throughout the negotiation process. " We freely negotiated with no interference whatsoever. This is commendable," he stated. The CBA will now be presented to the Employment & Labour Relations Court for registration. MTRH has already signed a CBA with KNUN and will soon be signing a CBA with KMPDU.