Learning in all public universities was paralysed on Monday as lecturers made good their threat to down their tools demanding full implementation of their Sh10 billion collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

At the University of Nairobi (UoN), Union of Academic Staff Union (Uasu) Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga said the dons will not resume work until the CBA is implemented in its entirety. Mr Wasonga said.

“The strike will not be called off until the Sh10 billion CBA is implemented in full and not in phases”

Mr Wasonga dismissed claims by education CS Dr Fred Matiang’i that the CBA was to be implemented in phases.

“I challenge the CS to produce documents as evidence signed by both the government and the union showing that the CBA was to be implemented in phases. We have a letter from Education Principal Secretary showing that the CBA was to be implemented in full and we will not accept anything less than that,”

On Sunday, Dr Matiang’i urged the workers and lecturers not to resort to industrial action as the ministry has already wired Sh4.775 billion into the respective bank accounts of 31 public universities and colleges.”

“The government reiterates its commitment to meet its side of the bargain and the unions and respective staff are advised accordingly. It is therefore, our position that there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for any of the university unions to resort to industrial action,” he said.

Courtesy of Business Daily Africa.