Public university staff unions issue a seven day strike notice over pay

Universities Staff Academic Union and Kenya University Staff Union officials addressing journalists at Chester House in Nairobi on matters regarding the strike notice. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Public university staff unions have issued a seven day strike ultimatum following the government’s failure to Initiate negotiations for the 2013 -2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Thursday , Universities’ Academic Staff Union UASU Sec-General Dr. Constantine Wasonga and the Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) Dr Charles Mukhwaya, said that the strike will commence from 19th this month unless the CBA is negotiated.

“All employees of public universities who are members of UASU and KUSU will withdraw their labour from Thursday 19th January ,2017 until the 2013 -2017 CBA is negotiated and signed.”Dr Mukhwaya said.

UASU and KUSU presented their 2013-2017 CBA proposals for negotiations to the inter-public universities council consultative forum in December 2012.

Dr Mukhwaya said that harmonization of salaries ought to be tackled insisting that there are huge disparities on salary payment among the universities’ staff which goes against 20 percent conventional disparity among employees.

Dr Mukhwaya urged president Uhuru Kenyatta and Education CS Dr Fred Matiangi , Treasury CS Henry Rotich Salaries and Remuneration Commission and the universities to intervene and implement the 2013-2017 CBA, before closure of 2017 budgetary estimates in March this year.

He added that the university workers were last awarded a salary increment in 2010.

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The unions issued the notice a day after talks between them and the universities’ management collapsed.