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KUSA gives govt four-day strike ultimatum

05 August 2013, 18:21 Samuel Kisika

The Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSA) has issued a four-day ultimatum for the government to settle the KES 3.9 billion demanded by the university workers as per the 2009 agreement.

Addressing the University of Nairobi workers, KUSA Secretary General Dr. Charles Mukhwaya said that it is frustrating that the government has not been serious with agreements entered into with the unions.

"The government should not play with serious declarations entered into with intellectual Union members. We can just paralyse normal university learning in one minute," said Mukhwaya.

Mukhwaya said that following the strike notice KUSA issued last week to put down their tools on 5th Aug (today), Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology quickly called for a meeting with the Union's heads on Friday evening to call off the strike but the deal failed after disagreement.

"We held a consultative discussion with the Cabinet Secretary informing us that the Ministry had consulted with the national treasury to release KES 2.1 billion for workers and then the remaining KES 1.8 billion be cleared in 2014, a thing we didn't agree upon despite urging us to call off the strike," said Mukhwaya.

He said that the the union will only call off the strike ultimatum once the KES 3.9 billion is wired to the workers' accounts before Thursday evening.

Mukhwaya also added that they will only go into negotiations with the government on the matter with the presentation of authentic documents to show its seriousness.    

KUSA National Treasurer Eng. James Magoka said that they will follow the law to ensure rights of Kenyan workers are respected despite the government's defiance to fulfill the agreements entered into with unions.

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