UASU ends lecturers’ strike

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The 76-day long lecturers strike that had stalled learning in public universities has been called off.

After a long day of negotiations led by the ministry concilliator Hellen Apiyo at the Ministry of Labour offices,University Academic Staff union(UASU) on Thursday 17 decided to call off the strike.

Considering the students well fare, Uasu Secretary-General Constantine Wesonga said they had decided to call off the strike.

“We have made this decision to allow time for negotiations, and we hope the government will be serious with the talks,” Dr Wesonga said.

Vice-Chancellors Committee Chairman Francis Aduol stated that the universities will engage the union in negotiations in order to end seasonal strikes.
Hellen Apiyo agreed to the opinion and and urged that the parties should engage in dialogue and avoid strikes.

As per the Inter Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum Chairman Paul Kanyari,no lecturer will be victimised, and that they will be paid their salaries.

“There will be no job loss, loss of benefits and both parties agree to withdraw all court cases relating to the strike,” Prof Kanyari said.

It was agreed by both parties that the semester should be extended to cover for the lost time.

Dr Wesonga clarified that they had rejected Sh3.6 billion to allow for fresh negotiations.
The lectures have been fighting for t government to table the 2017-2021 CBA counter proposal for negotiation and implementation.

Contrary to that, Kenya University staff union (Kusu) Secretary-General Charles Mukhwaya said the strike is still on as they are yet to come to an agreement with the government.
“As Kusu, we were to meet the negotiating team, but the meeting did not take place as Uasu was meeting them,” said Dr Mukwaya

On Monday 14,the government offered the lecturers a 1.75 per cent basic salary increment spread out over four years, however,no increase on house allowance.
The salary increase is equivalent to 0.435 per cent annual increment.

The proposal further states that individual university councils will negotiate with their Uasu chapters on mortgages and car loans.
“Other terms and conditions of service currently in force as agreed by the respective councils shall remain unchanged, except where circumstances allow individual councils to harmonise or improve the same,” the counter-offer document says.

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