Thousands of health workers on Sunday agreed to suspend a strike notice that was to start Monday after reaching a deal with the government. The health workers’ leaders had held talks with the Ministry of Health officials on Friday and agreed to push forward the strike by 21 days to give room for discussion.

“We agreed to come up with a framework on how we are going to work together, and the officials agreed that by the end of this week, they will have promoted all the health workers who are working under the national government,” said Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako. He said they also agreed that all health workers would be promoted regardless of where they work.

However, they warned that they would go on with the strike if the ministry fails to address their demands within the stipulated three weeks. “It is very unfortunate that the government only listens to us after we serve them with a strike notice, but since we cannot negotiate when the strike is on, we are giving them a period of 21 days to give us what is rightfully ours,” said Kenya Union of Clinical Officers Secretary-General George Gibore.