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VCs and striking academic Unions meet to end strike

18 March 2014, 15:36 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Talks between lecturers, non-teaching staff and Vice-Chancellors (VCs) is in its final stage to strike a back-to-work deal after their day-long meeting at the Ministry of Labour offices in Nairobi.

University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) Chairman, Sammy Kubasu has said they are finalizing their talks noting that they are yet to agree on how the money would be distributed.

“We are now meeting at Labour offices to agree on distribution of the KES 7.8 billion to eligible workers. Talks ongoing,” said Kubasu.

Kubasu has asked the VCs not to stick to their hardline positions to avoid the closure of public universities.

“I am informed that universities have started closing. So far, Egerton and Pwani universities have closed down. This is the reason why the VCs should see sense and abandon their rigid position for a fast solution to normalize university operations unless they aim at closing the institutions,” stated Kubasu.

Kenya Universities Staff Union Secretary-General, Charles Mukhwaya also noted that they are currently concentrating on how the contested money would be paid to the lecturers.

“We are only working on the modalities to pay us. The technical committee from our side and the other from the VCs are now working on how to pay us,” said Mukhwaya.

Cabinet Secretary for Labour, Kambi Kazungu took over the negotiation process after his counterpart for Education, Jacob Kaimenyi failed to strike the deal with Uasu and Kenya Universities Staff Union (Kusu)  last week.

Kambi met with the Uasu and Kusu officials on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in a bid to strike a mutual agreement to call off the strike that has entered its second week.

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