By Vitalis Nyagor
The University Academic Staff Union has petitioned Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i to implement the pending 2013 collective bargaining agreement.
The union’s Organizing Secretary Dr. Maloba Wekesa led university Dons in faulting the government for allegedly ignoring their grievances, and vowed to stay put if they are not as a matter of urgency looked into.
The University Dons have paralyzed leaning in public universities for the third day now.
Led by the University Academic Staff Union’s Organizing Secretary Dr. Maloba Wekesa, the University Dons petitioned Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i urging him to prioritize the implementation of the 2013 CBA before the close of the 2016/2017 financial year.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture And Technology UASU branch Chairperson Rugara Muiga further faulted the government of ignoring their grievances, noting that the country risks being exposed to a serious slump in human resource output if the matter is not urgently addressed.
And with talks about the implementation of the CBA having already kicked off, the union’s university of Nairobi branch secretary general George Omondi raised concern over the ministry’s failure to engage treasury and the salaries and remuneration commission to unlock the stalemate.
They spoke at a time the Chairperson of the Inter Public University Council Consultative Forum Professor Ratemo Michieka moved in to assure their counterparts that deliberations on the matter were currently on course, and that the issue would soon be resolved.