10 January 2014

Kenya: UoN Workers Demand Pay

Workers at the University of Nairobi have protested the delay in paying them more than Sh330 million in allowances and other benefits agreed on in September last year.

Speaking through the Kenya Universities Staff Union, the workers accused the Salaries and Remuneration Commission of interfering with "smooth implementation of the union's constitutionally and mutually concluded collective bargaining agreement with UoN".

The employees said the commission, which should ensure industrial harmony in the public sector, has failed to allow their employer to pay them their dues.

They said the SRC has allowed the same employer to implement a similar CBA for a section of workers.

Kusus secretary general Charles Mukhwaya said the commission is not only abetting discrimination against workers in the university but also denying them their constitutional right to fair remuneration.

"Whereas the workers have restrained themselves to give the SRC more time to conclude analysis on the CBA to advise the employer on the way forward, their patience has run out and they will not pander to the whim of the commission," said Mukhwaya in a press briefing in Nairobi yesterday.

He said dialogue between parties has also failed to fasttrack the process of CBA implementation and the workers have been pushed to the wall.

Mukhwaya said the union has given the commission three days to conclude its work and allow the university to pay its works immediately failure to which they will go on strike.

"If by Monday January 13, this payment will not have been done, then we will down our tools and the SRC will take full responsibility of the consequences of the planned industrial action," he said.

When reached for comment, the SRC, through its Head of Communications Ali Chege denied that they are sitting on the case.

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