High court says no to lecturers strike

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BY UPESI  NEWS REPORTER,NAIROBI,18TH JAN,2017-The public universities lecturers strike that was planned to commence  tomorrow has been stoped.The labour relations court  Wednesday extended orders stopping  the lecturers’ strike.Lady Justice Hellen Wasilwa  gave the directions in a case in which the Inter-Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum of Federation of Kenya Employers has sued the Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu).

The judge directed that the strike should not take off so as to pave way for negotiations to continue this week.

Uasu had issued a strike notice on January 12 to the council chairs of 27 public universities.

2013/17 CBA

It had also threatened to go on strike if their 2013/2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement is not negotiated, determined and implemented from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017.

According to the forum, the strike would jumpstart talks that had started way back in 2012 hence it is unlawful.

But Uasu accuses the forum of failing to disclose that the disputed CBA is set to expire within the next six months yet it has not been acted upon over four years now.

Uasu insists on a salary increment, saying their members are earning under terms that already expired in 2013.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission is listed as an interested party in the case but were not represented in court on Wednesday.

The order stopping the universities academic staff strike was first issued last Friday by the same judge.

MOI UNIVERSITY

Parties in the case will appear in court on February 1 to give an update of the negotiations undertaken.

The new order came hours after Uasu, Moi University chapter, issued a strike notice for over its over 900 members from Thursday.

Secretary Jack Willis Okumu had urged the university’s over 30,000 students to keep off the institution as there will be no learning until the government meets their demands.

 

 

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