Lecturers vow to continue with strike despite court order

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

Nairobi,KENYA:University Staff Union has vowed to continue with the strike despite the court order and the directive by education cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed that they report to work immediately.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Monday ,UASU national secretary general Constantine Wesonga and his chairman Prof Muga K’Olale said that their members are on strike despite the fact that high court ruled that the lecturers resume to their respective duties immediately.

On Friday, Justice Onesmus Makau ordered the lecturers to call off the strike and report back to work on grounds the industrial action is not protected.

The Labour Relations court declined to grant the stay orders sought by the union.

The duo insisted that the strike is still on until the 2017-2021 CBA is agreed upon among parties involved in the matter.

“UASU clarifies that no one has authority to tell university workers to report to work except the union through the secretary general.The union asks members to stay the course of fighting for our dignity.”Wesonga said

“We are not insisting, we are actually on strike .once we have appealed to a higher court, you wait for the decision of that court .That is what we are doing.” Prof Muga K’Olale said

They have accused the government for failing to address their plight accusing the labor cabinet secretary Ukur Yattani for failing to do a formal communication in bid to make negotiation a reality.

“The issue in this crisis has and shall always remain the failure by the government and IPUCCF to negotiate and conclude the 2017-2021 CBA.”Wesonga said