The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) led by the Chairman Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo, the Vice Chairman Rev. Alfred Rotich and Rt. Rev. Paul Kariuki Monday held talks between the University unions and the Ministry of Education with a view to ending the ongoing lecturer’s strike which has entered its 67th day.
Bishop Rotich who steered the talks called for sobriety, dialogue and patience in finding a solution to the strike which has paralyzed learning in the Public Universities adding that it is necessary for the parties to strategize on how to solve their grievances
The union officials led by Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) secretary-general Dr. Constantine Wasonga and Prof. Muga Kolale and Kenya University Staff Union General Secretary (KUSU) Charles Mukhwaya urged the Ministry to provide them with a counter offer adding that they were ready and willing to burn the midnight oil, negotiate and arrive at a counter offer within the shortest period.
The Unions had demanded 38 billion for the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement but said they were willing to negotiate shs 2 billion for one year and shs ten billion for the remaining years.
They said that the Government has the capacity to solve the issue and want the Universities to be factored in the budget so as to end future strikes.
University Education and Research Principal Sec. Prof. Ntiba Micheni assured the officials that the inter ministerial committee set up last month had began working on a counter offer which will soon be tabled.
“We in the ministry through the inter-ministerial committee are doing our best to ensure there will be a counter offer” said the PS.