UASU threaten to strike over delayed salaries

Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga (centre) makes a point across during a media briefing on July 18, 2017. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Staff Union (UASU) has threatened to stage demonstrations over delayed salaries of university lecturers as per pact between the union and the government.

In a media briefing in Nairobi, led by the UASU sec general Constantine Wasonga, they said that the union might be prompted to go on strike after the government and universities failed to pay their salaries as agreed on the pact.

“We don’t want those universities to be closed, in the first instance, let the government honor part of their bargain, five universities implemented the new rates, three universities are paying as, from 1st of July, two universities reverted back,” Wasonga said.

He said that the 10 billion which was given by the government immediately after the truce which settled the 2013 salary arrears.

He said that the government has not yet paid salaries as agreed in the pact from July 2017 a factor which has led to the inconsistencies during the performance of their duties.

“Remember in August I gave a strike threat, a verbal one, we gave the government the whole of September, a strike notice which according to labor relations act, is supposed to be in seven days, we wanted the government to address our grievances.” He said.

He insisted that some universities including Chuka University, Machakos University and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga have fully paid their employees as per the pact while JomoKenyatta university and Karatina honoured the pact by paying their employees for a while but then reverted.

He faulted the government for the delaying the implementation of the pact, warning that the recurrence of strikes in various universities will have a negative impact on the academic calendars of various institutions across the country.