Looming Crisis in Public Universities as Lecturers Threaten to Down Tools over Pay Agreement Dispute

Lecturers in all the public universities have threatened to down tools from 20th January over a long-standing pay dispute.

Through the Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu), they want the government to honour a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed in October 2018.

Union Secretary-General Constantine Wesonga has given the government seven days to see the CBA deal go through.

“We have been patient with the government over an year now. We are only giving them seven days to honour the deal.

“If that doesn’t happen within a week, we will go back at the classroom,” Wesonga said in a Nairobi press conference.

Uasu National Coordinator Muiga Rugara says they reached the agreement, which the government is reneging on.

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He now urges the government to save students from agony which might caused by the looming strike.

“We are parents and we know what students go through if the strike comes. This government has parents in universities so they need to prevent this,” Rugara said.

If the strike happens, students will be greatly affected as this is the start of a fresh academic year.

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Robert Mwangi

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