Striking lecturers have vowed to stay put until the government provides an agreeable counteroffer on their 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The lecturers have dismissed claims by vice chancellors that they walked out of talks yet there some goodwill claiming the government has been using the negotiations to buy time.
Institutions of high learning continue to remain deserted 4 days after lecturers from 31 public universities downed their tools to demand for the negotiation and registration of their 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement in Court.
South Eastern Kenya University, in Kitui County is among other 30 public universities where learning remained paralyzed as the striking dons joined their counterparts across the country in a nationwide strike.
An industrial action which the lecturers say will only come to an end once their demands are met.
The striking lecturers are accusing the Inter-Public Universities Council Consultative Forum failing to give them a counter offer for over 9 months they have been meeting to negotiate on their CBA.
But the universities vice-chancellors say the strike by the dons has been invoked despite there being a good will.
The lecturers saying no threats intimidation or blackmail will cow them to resume work.
Commensurate salary promotions and job grades are among the issues in the CBA that the dons want addressed.