Court extends interim orders stopping intended university strike

By Halligan Agade

The Labour relations and employment court has extended interim orders stopping the intended university staff strike that was scheduled to kick off Thursday.

While extending the orders Justice Hellen Wasiliwa said that University Academic Staff Union-UASU and government should give priority to talks.

The advocate representing the Federation of Kenya Employers Grace Kanyiri said that they have offered a counter proposal to UASU but the union is insisting on basing the negotiations on the Comprehensive Bargaining Agreement of 2012.

The lawyer for UASU however said that they are willing to suspend the planned industrial strike that was slated for Thursday and embark on talks on condition that the talks are based to be based on the two documents the 2012 CBA and the 2017 counter proposal from the government.

The negotiations are scheduled for next week Monday with Justice Wasiliwa directing the parties to report to court after a fortnight on the 1st of February to give an update on the talks.

Public University Lecturers have threatened to go on strike if their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) 2013-2017 is not implemented.

The newly elected Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) National Secretary General Wasonga Opiyo said that dons must be remunerated as per their excellence and wondered why Members of County Assemblies are drawing huge salaries compared to the dons.

They allege that the last time they were awarded a salary increment was in 2010. They want the negotiations to be accommodated in the budgetary estimates for the next financial year.



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