23 January 2013

Kenya: Egerton Lecturers Down Their Tools

Egerton University Academic Staff Union chairman Dr. Robert Shivairo has said lecturers will not go to class until a collective bargaining agreement is implemented in full by the campus management.

In a press briefing at the main campus in Njoro on Monday, Shivairo said the university was paying staff 17 per cent basic salary and 7 per cent house allowances.

He said the campus is yet to effect their 33 per cent basic pay raise and 14.28 per cent house allowance despite receiving the money from Ministry of Higher Education on December 6.

He said the ministry re- leased Sh309 million to meet the agreement terms and Sh65 million for medical allowances. "We signed the CBA agreement with university council on September 20.

The implementation was to take effect by November 30 yet our December salary does not reflect the increment," he said. He criticised the university's move to issue budgetary approximations excluding the negotiated CBA increment.

He told fellow lecturers not to be intimidated by anyone since what they are demanding is "rightfully ours". He urged them to stay out of the lecture halls until their grievances are met. Shivairo said Masinde Muliro University is already implementing the agreement and wondered why the same cannot be done at Egerton.

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