November 21st 2017

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Public Universities expected to call-off strike after government agrees to pay Sh10 billion CBA

The lecturers who were back to streets today are demanding the full implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that dates back to July 2013. It was signed in March to end the strike that had lasted more than two months.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 13 Jul 2017 16:44 EAT

University lecturers and staff demonstrating along Nairobi's Moi Avenue today before the letter was made public. (Photo: Njuguna Kiru/Kenya Free Press)

The government has finally agreed to to pay striking lecturers the Sh10 billion they have been demanding as per the CBA. University Education Principal Secretary Collete Suda confirmed today that a Sh5.2-billion balance would be paid to the more than 27,700 university staff before July 31.

The government had already released Sh4.8 billion to the university employees but they had rejected it demanding the full amount and went on  strike starting Monday July 3, 2017.

“I am pleased to inform you that the National Treasury has granted authority to the ministry to incur the expenditure of Sh5.2billion towards the payment of the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” said Prof Suda in a letter dated July 13 and addressed to Prof Paul Kanyari, the chairperson of Inter-Public Universities Council Consultative Forum.

The lecturers who were back to the streets today are demanding the full implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement that dates back to July 2013. It was signed in March to end the strike that had lasted more than two months.

UASU secretary general Constantine Wasonga who had said they will not accept the payment in phases as Education CS Fred Matiang’i proposed on Saturday is expected to call off the strike now that the government has agreed to pay them the remaining amount. On Saturday, Matiang’i urged lecturers to call off their strike and assured them that Sh4.7 billion had been disbursed to 31 of the 35 public universities.

He said the remainder of the amount would be paid in the 2017/2018 financial year.

Students from the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Multimedia University have adversely been affected by the strike. Their examinations did not kick off as planned on Monday July 3m 2017.

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