Lecturers have issued new demands ahead of today’s meeting with universities’ management in Nairobi aimed at ending their one-month strike.
The new demands include signing of a return-to-work formula that is meant to protect all the lecturers from victimisation.
Together with a calendar for payment of pension arrears from previous CBAs they also want a return-to-work formula to be drafted in case the deliberations bear fruit.
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They also want a report on the completion of the individual universities’ 2013-2017 CBAs and the 2017-2021 CBA negotiation calendar. So far, only five universities have signed their internal CBAs, among them the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University and Pwani University.
Uasu secretary-general Constantine Wasonga said the union’s national executive committee will then meet on Wednesday and give its verdict on the outcome of today’s discussions.
He went on to criticize the IPUCCF for running paid adverts urging academic staff to resume work, ostensibly because the National Treasury had confirmed the release of funds for full implementation of the 2013-2017 CBA.
“Uasu clarifies that IPUCCF and the government have no powers whatsoever to call off the lecturers’ strike. The responsibility of calling off or suspending a strike is vested on the secretary-general, exercised in accordance with the constitution of the union,” said Dr Wasonga.