In Summary
  • The lectures have been fighting for the implementation of the CBA since December 2012 but their demands had not been factored in the previous budgets.

  • According to the lectures,  until the CBA was signed in March, the last time university workers were awarded a salary increment was in 2010.

  • Dr Wasonga said despite the government’s promise, the signed CBA has not been fully implemented.

Learning at public universities is likely to be paralysed for the third time this year, as lectures have threatened to go on strike if their pay demands are not met by the end of this month.

Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) secretary-general Constantine Wasonga said the lecturers had written to university councils and the government, demanding full implementation of the signed 2013-2017 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by the end of September. They want the new salary structure effected.

The lectures said if the management of the universities do not fulfil their obligations by the end of the month, they would issue a strike notice.

“Uasu is deferring giving a strike notice to grant the university councils an opportunity to urgently streamline matters with the Ministry of Education and the National Treasury,” said Dr Wasonga.

SEMESTER

If the lecturers eventually call the strike, the September-December semester for public universities will have to be extended to enable the students to cover their syllabus.

Students resumed their studies last Monday after a break for the General Election.

The semester is set to be disrupted again on October 17 due to the repeat presidential poll.

The disputed CBA was negotiated and signed in March, after the lecturers went on a two-month strike.

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