By Beth Nyaga
University lecturers and workers across the country have downed their tools over the lack of implementation of the 2013-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the government.
The lecturers have vowed to continue with the strike until the CBA is honored.
According to the Kenya University Staff Union General Secretary (KUSU) Charles Mukhwaya, the government has violated the agreement and return to work formula as no money has been deposited in their accounts yet.
“We downed our tools and signed a CBA after the Government told us that Ksh10 billion had been set aside to settle our dues. The Government had promised to disburse the money by end of June which up to now has not happened. That money has not been paid,” said Mukhwaya.
“We are all meeting at 8.30am this morning (Monday) and are demanding for the full implementation of the Ksh10 billion CBA. The government violated its agreement and we will not go back to work until it is honoured,” he said.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has however maintained that the government has already deposited Ksh4 billion into the accounts of 31 public universities and colleges.
“The Ministry of Education has wired half of the amount, a total of Sh4.775 Billion, into the respective bank accounts of 31 public universities and colleges. The rest of the amount would come from the 2017/2018 Financial Year,” Matiang’i said in a statement.
“We wish to state that the CBAs are binding documents between the government and the respective unions.”
He further emphasized that there is no reason whatsoever, for any of the university unions to resort to industrial action.