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May 20, 2018

Lecturers call off 78-day strike after, agree to engage state on CBA

UASU Chairman Muga K'olale, Secretary General Constantine Wasonga 9C) and KUSU Sec Gen Charles Mukwaya (R) after the meeting with the Parliamentary Education Committee on the 2013-17 and 2017-21 CBA on April 12, 2018. /FILE
UASU Chairman Muga K'olale, Secretary General Constantine Wasonga 9C) and KUSU Sec Gen Charles Mukwaya (R) after the meeting with the Parliamentary Education Committee on the 2013-17 and 2017-21 CBA on April 12, 2018. /FILE

University lecturers have called off their strike that began on March 1 after signing a return to work formula with the government.

Both parties also agreed to withdraw all cases in court.

The contents of the formula also directed university management to adjust semester dates to compensate for the time lost during the 78-day strike.

It also resolved that no lecturer will be victimised when they return back to work.

"UASU has made a significant concession in calling off the strike, to save the higher education sector from collapse, and for the sake of our dear students. UASU assures our members that this Return to Work Formula is the best possible option under the prevailing circumstances, as it opens several new pathways to achieve our fundamental objective of completing better CBA for quality university education," UASU secretary general Constantine Wasonga said.

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Wasonga said the union's National Executive Council will, however, be holding negotiations with the government over the implementation of the 2010 - 2013, 2013-2017 CBA.

The dons are demanding Sh38 billion for the CBA.

"UASU National Executive Committee, noted regrettably, that IPUCCF and Government had not put any counter-offer on the table to date; and that the measly 0.435% annual increment on basic salary did not in any way address the UASU 2017-2021 CBA proposal."

"Offering to add Sh53 (half a US dollar) to the salary of a don reveals to the entire World how contemptuously the Government treats lecturers in this country. The National Treasury and Ministry of Education have no regard at all to academic labour." Wasonga said.

Also read; Students are pawns in lecturers’ strike impasse

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