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University unions set to begin strike over CBA Wednesday

The Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) Chairman Muga K’olale told Capital FM News that there will be no teaching or work going on and that they will not relent until their demands are met/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – University lecturers and non-teaching staff are due to commence a strike Wednesday to protest what they term as failure by the government to give them a counter offer on their 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) Chairman Muga K’olale told Capital FM News that there will be no teaching or work going on and that they will not relent until their demands are met.

“Yes, the strike is on today. We are holding meetings and will ensure that we advocate for the dues of our members,” he stated.

According to the unions, their CBA proposal to the Inter-Public Universities Consultative Council Forum on March 3 last year but they were yet to get a counter-proposal to date.

Among their proposals is for the least paid lecturer to earn Sh350,000 with a full professor taking home Sh1.9 million per month.

The unions wanted a counter offer based on their last proposal.

He indicated that among the things demanded in their proposal was a new grading structure and salary harmonisation.

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