, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – All public universities have pledged to pay staff new salaries as agreed with the union in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2012.
On Monday, Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi announced Sh3.8 billion had been released to the universities to meet the agreement.
“The pledge was made during a meeting of chairmen of councils, vice chancellors and principals from 31 universities at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology headquarters chaired by the Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi,” a statement from his office said.
During the meeting the representatives assured the CS that they would comply with the pay order.
Speaking at the forum, Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang urged the universities to comply to avert a looming strike by the workers.
“We do not have an option of staff going on strike,” he said.
The public university staff had threatened to boycott their work stations if their demands were not met by May 30.
In March, the university staff went on a two week strike that eventually ended after the Education CS assured them that they would comply with their 2011 agreement.
At the weekend, there was rising discontent over failure to meet the pay accord.
The Kenya Universities Staff Union threatened to mobilise the staff to go on strike again unless the Sh3.8bn was paid.
The money was part of Sh7 billion negotiated under a CBA that was to be implemented four years ago.