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Striking dons set to sit down with Senate’s education committee

The officials submitted a memorandum to Parliament a fortnight ago/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 28 – University union officials are on Tuesday due to meet with the Senate’s Committee on Education with a view to end the strike that has paralysed learning at public universities over the last five weeks.

The Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) officials are expected to take the committee through the contents of their proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement and their reasons for rejecting the Sh10 billion offer from government.

The sitting will also discuss the measures that can be taken to ensure learning continues in universities, as negotiations on the CBA continue.

The union officials have instructed their members to stay away from lectures and ignore memos, threats and all communication from university management.

According to the union, university professors should be paid at least Sh1.5 million per month noting that after tax, they will end up going home with Sh1 million.

The dons have vowed that the union members will continue with the strike until a reasonable return-to-work formula is agreed upon.

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