24 January 2013

Kenya: Egerton Lecturers Cancel Strike, Seek Court's Help on Pay

EGERTON University lecturers have called off their strike two days after they announced they will be downing their tools.

The institution's University Academic Staff Union on Tuesday said they will honour last week's order by the Industrial Court to end the strike. The union's chairman, Robert Shivaro, said the strike has been called off but that they will sue the university's council.

"Uasu's national executive council met in Nairobi on Tuesday and agreed to continue with teaching as we pursue the matter in court with the university council," Shivaro said on the phone.

He said the decision was arrived at after the union was summoned by the Industrial Court last week. "We agreed not to defy the court order to call off the strike and to instead solve the issue legally," added Shivaro.

The union called the strike saying the Egerton University management has failed to implement the collective bargaining agreement it signed last September.

Shivairo said they will issue a circular to all it's members directing them to continue with their lectures as they engage the management over their salary and house allowances agreement.

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