Learning in 31 public universities is set to be paralysed again this year after unions issued a 21-day strike ultimatum to the administrations. University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) Secretary General Constantine Wasonga said the industrial action will kick off on October 31.

In a letter to all council chairpersons of public universities dated October 3, Mr Wasonga said the strike is as a result of failure to implement basic salary and house allowance as negotiated by unions. “We will protest the blatant violation of the university workers fundamental rights and freedoms under Article 41 and Chapter 4 of the Constitution of Kenya,” reads the letter. 

He added that the said industrial action is irrevocable until the demand for the salary increase is met.

“The strike is over the failure by the university councils to implement basic salary and house allowance at the levels provided for under the 2013-2017 agreement and to protest the blatant violations of the university workers’ fundamental freedoms under article 41 of the Kenya Constitution 2010,” said Dr Wasonga.

The notice is copied to Education secretary Fred Matiang’i. Dr Wasonga said the government had not shown any commitment to resolve the issue amicably.

In June last year, the government paid the lecturers arrears of Sh10 billion for 2013-2017 CBA but could not continue with the payment of new salary scales citing lack of funds.

That is the money the teaching staff now want sent to their bank accounts.