- Under the new CBA, university staff are supposed to get a salary increment of between 5.75 to 6.27 per cent annually for the period of 2017-2021.
- The SRC explained that the increment issue has never been a dispute, explaining that the delay for the issuance of the pay parameters was due to lack of commissioners.
The government has bowed to pressure from lecturers to have their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) implemented in four phases effective July 1, 2017.
The revised counter-offer, which will cost Sh7 billion, was on Monday presented to Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) by the Inter-Public Universities Council Consultative Forum.
An additional Sh1.8 billion will go towards staff pension. The government had initially put the pay hike in two phases effective July 2019 but lecturers rejected the offer, forcing universities to go back to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) for further advice.
“We have received the offer. It’s now in four phases. We will study it then meet on Wednesday to provide feedback to universities,” said Uasu Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga.
The Sh7 billion will be shared among the 27,000 staff of public universities including 9,000 lecturers.
On Monday, SRC Chairperson Lyn Mengich explained that their role is to advise the employer and not employees.
“As a commission, we are only mandated to advise and as far as the CBA is involved; we advise the employer, who is the Education ministry, on the parameters for negotiations. We cannot contradict our own advisory,” she said.