BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI, 30TH JUNE,2017-The Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) and the Kenya Universities Staff Union (Kusu) on Friday 30th June gave the government until midnight to fully implement the CBA as agreed or they will down their tools.
Addressing the press in Nairobi UASU Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga said lecturers were yet to receive the pay they agreed on in March.
“If the CBA is not implemented by close of business today all university lecturers and professors in all Kenyan public universities shall withhold their services effective from today and the strike shall continue until the registered 2013-2017 CBA is fully implemented,” Mr Wasonga said.
“The CBA remains paperwork and lecturers remain impoverished and without dignity and no one in government seems ready to address their plight.
“The government and the university councils seemingly want the higher education sector to suffer again and again until it collapses,” Mr Wasonga added.
According to the registered CBA and the return-to-work formula, the government and university councils undertook to implement the CBA on or before June 30, 2017.
“This will be the grandmother of all strikes. Lecturers are more energetic and determined than ever to fight for their dignity and constitutional rights,” Mr Wasonga said.
At least 33 public universities and their constituent colleges across the country, with more than 500,000 students, will be affected should the dons make good on their threat.
In March this year, Uasu and university councils agreed to sign the 2013-2017 CBA, ending a 54-day strike that paralysed learning and research in all public universities starting January 19.
The move means that if the government does not heed to their call and implement the agreement Learning in public universities could be brought to a stand still starting Saturday 1st July 2017.