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September 24, 2018

Dons seek legislators’ help over CBA deadlock

Secretary General of KMPDU -Ouma Oluga,UASU Secretary General Constantine Wasonga and  UASU  Chairman Muga  K'olale issuing  a joint press statement at Kenyatta Hospital concerning Doctors and Lectures strike respectively./LANGAT K. COLLINS
Secretary General of KMPDU -Ouma Oluga,UASU Secretary General Constantine Wasonga and UASU Chairman Muga K'olale issuing a joint press statement at Kenyatta Hospital concerning Doctors and Lectures strike respectively./LANGAT K. COLLINS

Lecturers yesterday sought Parliament’s intervention to help bring the government to the negotiating table for their 2017-2021 CBA.

The dons, who have been on strike since March 1, will today hold demonstrations in Nairobi to protest against the State’s failure to table a counter-offer to the deal.

They want Sh38 billion factored into the 2018/19 budget to cater for pension, medical insurance, car loans, mortgages and salaries which they said are grossly distorted.

“We appeal to Parliament to increase capitation of public universities. Delay of salaries has become common,” Universities Academic Staff Union secretary general Constantine Wasonga said.

Read : Varsity dons on strike over delayed pay rise

He asked the Education Committee of the National Assembly to push public universities to release Sh3.56 billion for pension under two lapsed CBAs.

He said the universities did not remit Sh1.56 billion and Sh2 billion to retirement benefits under the 2010-2013 and 2013-2016 CBAs, respectively.

Wasonga told the committee lecturers are overworked. He accused Vice Chancellors of high-handedness. He said they often ignore their advice. He dismissed VCs’ calls for them to abandon the strike.

He wants representatives from the President’s Office, Education ministry, SRC and the Treasury to be incoporated in the talks.

Education Committee chairman Julius Melly (Tinderet MP) said he would arrange for a joint meeting with university unions and the Vice Chancellors to deliberate on issues raised.

Vice Chancellors’ chairman Prof Francis Aduol said the current capitation is not even enough to run the universities for a month.

 
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