BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,7TH JULY 2017-Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Friday 7th appealed to universities’ staff who have been on strike since Monday to resume work.
Dr Matiang’i assured them of government’s commitment to implement the salary increase deal.
Speaking on the sidelines of Africa Ministers for Education conference in Nairobi, Dr Matiang’i said the government has no intention of renegotiating the deal.
The lecturers and other none teaching staff of public universities across the country down their tools to push for the implementation of Sh10 billion collective bargaining agreement for 2013-2017 .
“There is no dispute at all. The government is not saying that there is no money or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) but we have to be understanding and accommodative,” the CS said.
He revealed that he had directed university councils to immediately embark on new talks for the 2017-2021 CBA.
Dr Matiang’i observed that the decision to pay the staff Sh4.8 billion was done since the accord was signed at the tail end of the 2016/2017 financial year but assured that the remaining Sh5.2 billion will be paid this financial year.