University lecturer strike continues as talks collapse

Negotiations to end the lecturers' strike collapsed after the government declined to accept demands, write Faith Matete and Lewis Nyaundi for The Star

Constantine Wasonga, secretary general of the Universities Academic Staff Union, or UASU, revealed last week that talks were not taking place and that learning was so paralysed that monkeys now occupied hallways. This follows the rejection by the dons of the government’s offer of KES10 billion which they term inadequate. They said it only translates to a 3% increment in their basic salaries and a 1.6% increase in house allowances.

Three unions – UASU, Kenya University Staff Association and Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers – went on strike on 18 January demanding the negotiation, signing, registration and implementation of a collective bargaining agreement for 2013-17. Wasonga said they expected the Inter-Public University Councils Consultative Forum to give them a new offer but were instead given a presentation on how a previous offer was reached.
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