Wangui Githugo and Faith Gachobe @PeopleDailyKE
Lectures will not go back to lecture halls or engage the government in negotiations until the 2013-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is fully implemented and 2017-2021 CBA tabled.
Speaking yesterday at a press conference at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK), Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) secretary-general Constantine Wasonga said if no communication is made by the government in the next two weeks, the union will officially call off the operations set for this semester in 31 universities and constituent colleges.
The dons’ hardline stance comes as the Inter-public Universities Councils consultative forum chair Prof Paul Kanyari urged lecturers to report back to work, saying the pending Sh5.2 billion will be factored in the next financial year.
“Lecturers should go back to teaching because downing tools is not the solution to the problem. We believe that the negotiations with the government will be successful and that’s why we request this,” he said. Kanyari said there is need to continue with the negotiations adding that the ongoing strike is likely to jeopardise the process and affect a lot of new and continuing students next year.
He was speaking at the Cooperative University, Nairobi, yesterday, The strike has affected operations such as assessment of industrial attachments, end year examinations, graduation ceremonies and learning, which could mainly affect next year’s calendar and intake programmes in universities. But the union officials have vowed no surrender until their demands are met.
‘This is only but a rehearsal of a major strike that might last longer than a year. We will continue to paralyse more university activities until our issues are attended to. This strike can only be called off by the union and lecturers should only heed the directions of Uasu,” said Wasonga.