18 January 2014

Kenya: UASU to Issue Strike Notice On Sh3.9 Billion Pay

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Striking university lecturers warned against defying court order (file photo).

THE University Academic Staff Union has unanimously agreed to issue a strike notice over the failure by public universities to pay a Sh3.9 billion salary award. Uasu Secretary General Muga K'Olale yesterday chaired a National Executive Council meeting to seek support for the planned strike.

"We have agreed to move and trigger an industrial action because we cannot any take the delay any longer," K' Olale said. The lecturers union and the Kenya University Staff Union recently, at a joint press conference, said the universities had not honoured a salary award. The two unions said they had discovered that the second tranche released by the Treasury to public universities was not disbursed.

In 2012, the government agreed to release Sh7.8 billion after a protracted strike by university. The money was to be paid in two phases with the first tranche of Sh3.9 billion released in December 2012. The remaining amount was to be released in September last year.

K' Olale said Kusu will hold its NEC meeting today, which is expected to support an industrial action. He said tomorrow, the two unions will hold a joint press conference and issue a strike notice. University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor George Magoha has denied misusing the money. Vice chancellors from other communities have not commented on the matter.

The two unions yesterday said the university heads plan to divide various union chapters by sweet talking them to agree that the Sh3.9 billion has been paid.

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