Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, has called on the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) to withdraw their strike threat over the implementation of the CBA they recently entered into with the Inter-Public Universities Consultative Council.
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.
The Education CS urged the dons to accept the deal and continue to perform their duties.
“Collective Bargaining Agreements are binding documents between the Government and the respective unions. The Government reiterates its commitment to meet its side of the bargain and the unions and respective staff are advised accordingly,” Matiang’i reiterated.
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.
Secretary General Constantine Wesonga accused the Government of being in violation of the CBA and Return to Work Formula.
“The Government and University Councils are provoking university workers and I want to say the university workers are ready to go to any lengths to get the Sh10 billion,” he said.
“All along we have tried to be impartial. We have never even contemplated involving ourselves in politics. Howler, if you rattle us, we will rally our members against the government,” he stressed.
In February, the Government offered Sh10 billion to cover basic salaries and housing allowances adjustments for staff in public universities in a bid to end the strike which had entered its third week.