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'Blow to Students as Universities May Fail to Reopen in September as Fresh Crisis Looms From Monday

Majority of the public universities are expected to resume learning from next month. The universities are also expected to admit the first years during the September intake.

However, the reopening is in jeopardy as lecturers have threatened to go on strike starting from Monday. This is after the lecturers issued a 7-day strike notice. The strike crisis comes following failure by the universities to fully implement the Sh8.8 billion salary deal for the universities teaching staffs.

According to Uasu, all the academic staffs in the public institutions of higher learning and their campuses shall withdraw from duty starting from Monday until the Collective Bargaining Agreement is implemented in full.

Uasu Secretary General Constantine Wasonga says that the union has continuously tried to seek negotiations with the universities but their efforts have always hit a dead end.

The major cause of the ongoing stalemate is the failure by the universities to fully implement the 2017-2021 CBA which is worth Sh8.8 billion. The CBA was expected to benefit about 30,000 academic staffs in all the public universities who are also members of the Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu).

Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) cites that they have pleaded for a long time for the CBA to be implemented but their efforts have bore no fruits.

The CBA is expected to expire this year. Despite this, the universities have not fully implemented it. Uasu says that the Collective Bargaining Agreement was supposed to pay the academic staffs their salary arrears and also to ensure adjustment of their salaries. The new salary scale if implemented would see the university academic staffs pocket lucrative salaries.

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