Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) has finally called off the lecturers’ strike after them and the IPUCCF signed a return to work formula. In the return to work agreement, the government will factor accruing pension contributions in the 2018-2019 budget and paid to the Retirement benefit schemes. Said Constantine Wasonga.
“In making some concessions, UASU balanced the plight of students and the fundamental rights of dons to dignified working conditions, collective bargaining and pensions,”
Students are supposed to return to school today, Monday 11th. This is inconvenient for most since tomorrow is a public holiday already and the Christmas break is coming up meaning that even though schools have reopened, they are not likely to return to class until January 2018.
UASU Secretary General Constantine Wasonga said that all universities have finally agreed to fully implement the agreement whereas previously, only 5 universities had agreed to do so. He said;
“All pending internal 2013-2017 collective bargaining agreements for individual universities will be completed by February 28, 2018,”
Vice Chancellors of public universities had however said that they are facing financial issues that would make them unable to implement the new salaries. He also added that negotiations for a 2017-2021 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) are to begin on December 18th, 2017 and end on February 28th, 2018.