The Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) Egerton charter have suspended the nationwide strike that is set to commence tommorow across all public universities in the country. The UASU national chairman had given the government Seven days to intervene before calling for the strike. So far no effort from the government have been seen.
But funny enough, Egerton university is one of the 35 public universities whose administration has not implement the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement that the lecture's union have been championing for. To provide reason for calling off the strike, a members of union stated that they will have to first deal with some internal challenges facing them before they can make decisions to either to join their colleagues or not.
The Union member said that the financial status of Egerton University is so worse such that going on strike at this time will worsen the situation even more. According to him, they need the students to be back so that some allowances accrued to lectures can be paid. Without this, the university may be closed down for a long time making it hard for the management to pay them their dues.
They union therefore decides to call off the strike so that they can deal with the internal issues facing them which according to them will be sorts out before the week ends.
This strike by the academic Dons will greatly affect students majorly from the public universities as it is going to be the second one within a span of four years. The first one happened in 2017 which paralysed learning in higher institutions for close to four months. The government through the ministry of education should therefore intervene to salvage the situation which might lead to more destructions at our institutions of higher learning.
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