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University Lecturers to Down Tools After Tomorrow

University Lecturers to Down Tools After Tomorrow

The University Academics Staff Union (Uasu) members will begin their strike after the seven-day notice period expires tomorrow, paralyzing learning at the financially troubled Egerton University.

On October 5, Uasu Egerton Chapter held a Special General Meeting at Nakuru Athletics Club to chart the way forward for the welfare of its more than 600 members, and after a day of deliberation, they issued a strike notice.

The Uasu national office has endorsed the strike and blamed the university administration and council for turning a blind eye to the plight of its members despite the union raising the issue of the members’ deteriorating welfare.

Uasu stated in a letter to the chairman of the University Council that it had expressed its concerns but that management had failed to address their concerns.

“Our members shall withdraw their labour on October 17 after the expiry of the seven days’ strike notice which was issued on October 11 until their pertinent concerns are addressed exhaustively,” said Uasu Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga.

“your office has refused to address the issues raised by Uasu on several occasions through memos and other means of communication.” Dr. Wasonga said of the university administration and council.

The union members want a variety of issues addressed, including third-party deduction remittances, particularly to banks, savings and credit cooperative societies, and insurance companies, among others.

“Our members have been subjected to pecuniary embarrassment by banks which are recovering loans from members’ salary accounts,” said Dr. Wasonga.

According to the official, creditors have recovered the properties of Uasu members, while landlords have evicted others.

The union also accuses the university of withdrawing the unilateral and arbitral notice of employer pension contribution variation.

Furthermore, the structured procedure of Academic Staff Reviews and Promotions for union members has been ignored, while the reinstatement of annual salary increments for Uasu members has been suspended.

For the better part of last week, Uasu and the Kenya University Staff Union (Kusu) Egerton chapter held joint picketing prayers at the Njoro campus to press their demands.

According to Kusu national Secretary-General Charles Mukhwaya, union members are living in squalor and their social lives have been disrupted due to arrears not being paid.

“The University Council must pay the members a 100 percent salary, pay all the salary arrears, reinstate and respect our members’ negotiated terms and conditions of service, as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” said the official.

Kusu had also issued a strike notice that expired on October 5.

However, the university administration went to court to stop the Kusu strike, claiming it was illegal. The court will rule on the case on October 27.

University Lecturers to Down Tools After Tomorrow

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