Universities Academic Staff Union’s Maseno University chapter yesterday asked the government to honor the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) 2013-2017 in seven days or the strike continuous indefinitely until the their demands are met.
“The sooner the government release the funds the better for the university to administer end semester and prepare for graduation. We are sending a strong message to the government that it has taken a while and they are not fulfilling their promises then the strike will take a long time,” said Wickliffe Odwuor, UASU chairman Maseno Chapter.
He said lecturers did strike sometime back and the government managed to pay 10 billion which was not enough to take care of all their demands.
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“The government did not consider enhancing our salaries based on the arrears it released,” said Odwour. He said university students had not reopened the school after they were sent home indefinitely for October 26 elections. “We do not want to see students staying home instead of being in school, we are lecturers and parents and we know what we want in our students,” said Odwuor.
He said by withholding the funds the country is not ready to invest in human resource, adding that the money must be released immediately. More than 350 unionists condemned Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i for giving more attention to other areas in the ministry and neglecting universities’ plight.