Universities academic staff threaten to start demos from next week

Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) Secretary General Dr Charles Mukhwaya (centre) flanked by UASU Secretary General Constantine Wasonga (left) and Universities Academic staff Union (UASU) National Chairman Prof. Muga K'Olale (Right) at a past press briefing. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Universities academic staff union ,UASU has announced that it will not honour the sh.10 Billion offer it has been given by the government insisting that from next week the union will stage demonstration to push for the full implentation of the 2013 CBA.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Friday , UASU sec general Constantine Wasonga has said that no deal has been reached between the union and the government in resolving the crisis, saying that the sh.10 billion offered by the government is below the market value.

“For academic staff ,the portion,of sh. 10 billion translates into the 3.2 % compounded increment on basic salary and 1.6% on the allowance .”Wasonga said.

The union is pushing for 30% salary increment and 20% increment respectively.

The union vowed to stage mega demonstrations across the country come Monday next week to put pressure on the government to implement the CBA .

“UASU meanwhile informs all parents and students that the lecturers are still on strike and that there is currently no learning ,and there will be no lectures next Monday 20th February.”Wasonga said

“The UASU strike will continue until the 2013-2017 CBA is negotiated,signed registered and implemented.”He added.

The union accused the government of failing to table a counter offer even as UASU has tabled a reasonable proposal.