Kenya's striking health workers return to work

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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 4:32 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official says nearly 40,000 striking health workers have resumed work in public hospitals after the government met some of their demands and promised to look into others.

Kenya Health Professionals Society spokesman Alex Orina said Friday the government also rescinded the decision to fire 25,000 health workers who refused a return-to-work order last week.

He says health workers' extraneous allowances will be increased by 100 percent following the agreement reached with the government. Orina says a task force was formed to come up with a plan on how to increase other allowances and employ additional staff to reduce a shortfall of 30,000 health workers.

The strike, which started March 1, paralyzed operations in all of Kenya's public hospitals.

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