Lecturers call off 54-day strike

Public university lecturers demonstrating across the streets of Nairobi demanding salary increment. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER NYAMUTA.

Mombasa, KENYA: Lecturers in Public University are set to resume duty on Tuesday, this is after their Union leaders have called off their 54 days industrial action.

In a statement on Monday, University Academic Staff Union UASU announce that it had signed the 2013-2017 Collective Bargain Agreement CBA with the Government, resulting to the decision to call off the strike.

As per the CBA lecturers will get a basic salary increment of 17.5% and 3.9% in house allowances effective as from 1st July 2013.

Sources however claim the signed CBA is a revised one with UASU giving in, after the Government had taken a hard stand following their decision to reject the previous offer from the state.

Lecturers last week declined a sh. 10 Billion proposal from the government, arguing that they needed not less than sh.40 Billion to call off the strike.

The industrial action which lasted for seven weeks had paralyzed learning in Public Universities; forcing desperate learners to look for side hustling while some had no choice but to leave for home.