BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,3RD JULY 2017-Operations in public universities across the country are set to be grounded after lecturers and workers vowed to proceed with their strike on Monday over lack of implementation of the 2013-2017 Sh10 billion Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the government.
The Kenya University Staff Union General Secretary (KUSU) Charles Mukhwaya says , the government has violated the agreement and return to work formula as no money has been wired to their accounts.
Addressing the press in Nairobi Monday Mukwaya says the strike will commence at the graduation square at the University of Nairobi, where they will be demanding full implementation of the CBA.
“We are all meeting at 8.30am this morning and are demanding for the full implementation of the Sh10 billion CBA. The government violated its agreement and we will not go back to work until it is honoured,” he said.
His sentiments came even as Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi maintained that the ministry has already wired Sh4 billion into the accounts of 31 public universities and colleges.
“The Ministry of Education has wired half of the amount, a total of Sh4.775 Billion, into the respective bank accounts of 31 public universities and colleges. The rest of the amount would come from the 2017/2018 Financial Year,” he said in a statement.
“We wish to state that the Collective Bargaining Agreements are binding documents between the government and the respective unions.”
He further emphasised that there is no reason whatsoever, for any of the university unions to resort to industrial action.