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Lecturers threaten strike in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 30 – University Lecturers are threatening to go on strike early next month if their monthly allowances are not reviewed by the government.

Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) Chairman Sammy Kubasu wondered why the deal was yet to be implemented yet negotiations had already been concluded.

“We signed an agreement during lawful negotiations and we agreed for a 15 percent salary increment for lecturers and a 7.5 percent raise on house allowance,” Mr Kubasu stated.

Mr Kubasu told Capital News non-academic university staff would also be involved in the strike.

“The non-teaching staff union represents a cadre below the lectures and they have another group below them. If all of them joined forces, that means that there will be no work that will go on,” he explained.

“We wanted to avoid this but it seems that the government does not seem to mind the strike.”

The government had set aside Sh2 billion for public lecturers\’ salaries in a bid to forestall the planned strike at all of the country\’s seven state universities.

Assistant Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Kilemi Mwiria had assured lecturers that the government had catered for the funds in the current year\’s budget.

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He urged the Universities Academic Staff Union to call off the October strike because the government was committed to fulfilling the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) they had both entered into.

The strike is scheduled for October 12, and would involve more than 5,000 lecturers from seven public universities.

At the University of Nairobi graduation, Vice-chancellor Professor George Magoha said that universities were willing to pay lecturers the agreed salaries but were unable to because the government had not paid them the money.

He appealed to the government to release the funds within the month to enable them pay the lecturers as agreed.


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