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Learning paralyzed in universities as lecturers strike

12 March 2014, 13:10

Nairobi - University lecturers have vowed to go on with the strike that kicked off Wednesday, despite a court order that was issued to halt it.

The strike was called following the collapse of talks between the lecturers with Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi.

The University Academic Staff Union (UASU) and Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) are demanding more than KES 3.9 billion that was part of the KES 7.9 billion which was agreed upon between them and the government in a 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The two unions had earlier met Kaimenyi, but they failed to arrive at a solution.

The union leaders said that Kaimenyi took sides with the Vice Chancellors of Universities instead of being neutral in the matter.

“We are extremely disappointed because we expected the Cabinet Secretary to call us and offer a solution but it is like things are the way they were by yesterday. So it is a waste of time since we did not come out with a solution,” said Sammy Kubasu, the Chairman of UASU.

Kubasu said the strike was going to cost the government more than the dues it had refused pay the lecturers.

“The strike is going to be very inconveniencing and could have been avoided,” said Kubasu.

Learning has been paralyzed in all public universities due to the strike.

– CAJ News

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