STAFF OF KENYAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES TO BEGIN STRIKE MONDAY

Operations at Kenya’s public universities will be paralyzed from Monday when both the academic and non-teaching staff go on strike, citing failure by the government to agree to their draft submissions on increases in their salaries and allowances.

The Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) and the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) blame the Education Ministry and the Inter-Public Universities Council Consultative Forum (IPUCCF) for refusing to submit counter proposals to their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) so that the two sides can initiate negotiations based on the submissions by the trade union first submitted in December 2012.

Addressing a joint media conference Sunday in Nairobi, KUDHEIHA Secretary-General Albert Njeru and UASU deputy chairperson Joseph Mberia called on all members of the unions in the 33 public universities in the country to assemble at the graduation grounds Monday for further instructions.

The unions have cautioned parents not to bring new students for admission and asked registered students not to report for classes, which would be disrupted.

The unions’ draft submission seeks to raise staff salaries by 150 per cent and housing allowance by 100 per cent.

Elsewhere, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has given President Uhuru Kenyatta one week to start negotiations of the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement on pay rise for university staff. The TUC warned that university staff would resort to industrial action if the government failed to factor the CBA in this year’s national budget.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK