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Kenyan public universities are staring at a strike after three unions representing workers in the institutions threatened to down tools over a delayed new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational institutions, Hospital and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA), the University Academic Staff Union (UASU) and the Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) are blaming the government for failing to offer them a counter proposal to a new CBA despite them having presented their proposals in June 2016.
Already, KUDHEIHA has issued a strike notice for January 9th if the government fails to table a new CBA proposal for negotiations. Speaking in Nakuru early today, KUDHEIHA secretary general Albert Njeru said that they issued a strike notice on December 8, 2016 and they will proceed on strike next Monday unless the government acts.
"The thirty days' strike notice will lapse on the midnight of January 8 and if by then the government will not have responded by offering a counter proposal for a new CBA, then we as KUDHEIHA we will proceed on strike effective from January 9,” said Mr Njeru. "There will be no need for the parents bringing the first year students to campus. Fo the second, third and fourth year students, our message to them is, 'You don’t need to report because there will be nothing going on within the universities'", he said.
KUSU secretary general Charles Mukhwaya said that the last time university dons and staff received a pay hike was in 2010, and he warned that the two other unions will follow KUDHEIHA's action should the government fail to act on their demands. “The 2013/2017 CBA has been in limbo for six years and the last time university staff received a pay hike was in July 2010 and since the old CBA expires in the next five months we already presented a proposals for the new CBA to the government but up to now they are yet to present a counter proposal since we presented our proposal in June 2016,” said Mr Mukhwaya.
The officials of the three unions spoke after meeting vice chancellors of public universities and the public universities councils in Nakuru Town.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County