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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,8TH MARCH 2018-University lecturers union officials on Thursday March 8 appeared before Senate standing committee on where they blamed the never ending strikes on Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the respective Universities Vice Chancellors.They say have contributed greatly in hampering efforts to have negotiation and implementation of their 2017/2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) sail through.
UASU Chairman Muga Kolale said efforts to implement their 2017/2021 signed agreement have always hit a snag with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission working with the Vice Chancellors to sabotage the implementation plan.
Kolale said since the introduction of the salaries commission, negotiations have not been smooth, accusing the SRC of being dodgy in the manner in which it handles the salary affairs of the university workers.
“Things were better off before the Salaries and Remuneration Commission surfaced. University workers never anticipated that the commission would make things difficult especially when implementing issues dealing with the implementation of CBAs,” said Kolale.
Kolale further faulted the Vice chancellors for always making it difficult for the negotiation process to bear fruit between the staff unions and the government.
“The government released a total of Sh7.8 billion which was to cater for university workers but the Vice Chancellors have constantly delayed or refused to distribute the funds,” said Kolale.
On his side UASU Secretary General Constantine Wesonga told the committee that university staff are overworked and underpaid describing the situation as a norm on the part of the government to discriminate them.
Wesonga however said that they were ready and willing to resolve the stalemate that has paralyzed learning in all the higher institutions once a counterproductive offer is tabled before them.
The officials have called on the government to conduct a head count on the university staff in fears of ghost workers.