Lecturers’ strike that entered its 54th day on Monday (13/03/17) has been called off.
The lecturers’ union Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) announced it had signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the government reaching a 17.5 per cent pay-hike agreement.
“The 2013-2017 CBA is an achievement by the academic staff; and UASU national office congratulates all UASU members for this victory. All our members are expected to resume research and teaching tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8am,” stated UASU Secretary General Constantine Wasonga.
According to the agreement, the payments will be back dated to the date the CBA took effect, June 30, 2013.
“UASU assures our members that this settlement was the best possible deal under the prevailing circumstances, as the CBA period is due to expire within three months,” Dr Wasonga explained.
He reiterated that academic staff will benefit from arrears that have accrued over the four years of the CBA, effective from July 1, 2013 to June 30, this year.
“We thank the national government and IPUCCF of their commitment to conclude negotiations on the 207-2012 CBA to enable factoring in the upcoming 2017.18 budget. Uasu hopes that a new industrial action will not be necessary to bring IPUCCF to the negotiating table,” he added.
Lecturers in Maasai Mara University will, however, not benefit from the deal since they already have a better arrangement with the institution.
The solution was found after seven days of intensive negotiations between UASU and representatives of all universities councils.
The lectures had rejected a second salary increase offer from the government four days ago, of 18 per cent insisting that they would only take a 30 per cent salary increase per year for four years.
In January, the court had ordered Kenya Universities’ Staff Union to enter into negotiations with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), the Federation of Kenya Employers and the Inter-Public University Councils Consultative Forum to solve the stalemate.