University staff may strike over pay battle in court

A fresh round of university staff strikes loom in Kenya as unions plan to return to the courts over a pay increment row, with the Universities Academic Staff Union due to file a case at the Employment and Labour Relations Court demanding a fresh offer from the government, writes Augustine Oduor for the Sunday Standard.

Union officials said the ministry of labour has already issued them with a Certificate of Disagreement, signalling a potential start of another strike ‘anytime’. Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga said the certificate was filed at the court on 31 May and confirmed that the union will move to court to file an economic dispute. However, the Vice-chancellors’ Committee Chairperson Francis Aduol denied knowledge of the legal action.

The UASU secretary-general disclosed that the union lawyers were working to file the case to demand a fresh offer from the universities. “We rejected the 1.75% that they offered us and we want a realistic offer,” said Wasonga.
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