November 14, 2018

Lecturers back on the streets over pay dispute

Lecturers in public universities have on Monday (3/07/17) downed their tools, citing failure by the Government to implement a Sh10 billion Collective Bargaining Agreement CBA).

Charles Mukhwaya, the Secretary General of the Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) noted that the Government had not implemented the agreed deal.

“In that agreement, there was one very clear and explicit clause. It stated clearly that the Government and the employers (university councils) will pay all the money on or before 30 June, 2017. So why we gather here today is because the CBA was violated as far as the date of payment is concerned,” Mukhwaya indicated.

He reiterated that the dons will not resume work until all university staff are paid in full and not in instalments as suggested by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi on Sunday.

“I have heard claims, allegations and rumours coming from the Education CS. We call his claims that the CBA will be paid in portions rumours because we have not been consulted. During the entire period of negotiations, payments in phases was not a issue,” Mukhwaya stated.

Matiang’i had called on the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) to withdraw their strike threat over the implementation of the CBA.

Matiang’i accused lecturers of being insincere on the pay rise deal.

“The Ministry of Education has wired half of the amount, a total of Sh4.775 Billion, into the respective bank accounts. This CBA was concluded before the end of the financial year 2016/2017. The implementation of the CBA would straddle the two-financial years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018,” said Matiang’i.

According to UASU, the Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) and Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotel, Educational and Allied workers Union (KUDHEA), the CBA was supposed to cover basic salary and house allowance of all public servants represented by the Unions.

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