5 December 2012

Kenya: Lecturer's Strike to Begin On Friday

Lecturers and university non-teaching staff will go on strike this Friday. UASU's Charles Mukhwa says the government has refused to honor their return-to-work formula in which the first phase of Sh7.8 billion was to be paid in November.

The lecturers are currently on a nationwide go-slow over the pay deal. The go-slow reportedly began on Monday. Lecturers in Nairobi held a demonstration to protest the failure by the government to honour their pay deal.

In September, the unions signed a return-to-work formula and Comprehensive Bargaining Agreement with the University Council that ended a two-week strike.

The deal saw the workers' basic salaries raised by 33.1 percent and a further 14.27 percent increase on their housing allowances. The government offered Sh7.8 billion to be paid in two phases backdated from July 1, 2010 and running until July 1, 2013. In the first phase, the deal was to be implemented on or before November.

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