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University staff threaten to strike over KES 3.8billion

30 January 2014, 18:23 Wilshere

Nakuru - University staff, drawn from 31 public universities issued a 14 day ultimatum on Wednesday to managers of the universities to release the remaining KES 3.8 billion. 

The staff said the money was part of the collective bargaining package which was signed by the government in September 2012.

They further said that if the matter is not resolved within the given days the university managers risk facing industrial action.

“We have given all the managers of the universities a grace period of two weeks to give us our remaining money or face industrial action,”said the secretary  of University Academic Union Staff Union (UASU) Muga K’orale.

While addressing journalists after a consultative meeting with workers at Egerton university, K’orale said that despite the government releasing KES 7.8 billon as per the 2012-2013 collective bargaining agreement on salary and house allowance, university managers  have directed the money to other uses.

He said that the managers have accepted that they used the money to hire casuals, open new campuses, hire part-timers and pay debts dating from 2006.

“The government had ordered the release of KES 7.8 billion which now we are being told was directed to others use by the managers of the university,” he said.   

The secretary said that the top university managers who do not fall under job grade 1-15 have benefited from the money against the terms which had earlier been agreed.

He said that upon the expiry of the 14 days notice, they will issue a 7 days notice and then withdraw labour in order to compel the university managers to comply with their demands.

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