Five parliamentarians have joined lecturers in their calls for the release of Sh5.2 billion towards salary enhancement, saying that labour relations in the country have deteriorated.
The five, led by Nominated MP and Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary general Wilson Sossion, said there is a continuing deterioration in labour relations and collaboration between the State and employees.
Speaking at Parliament grounds where the Union of Academic Staff Union (Uasu) members filed a petition concerning the 2013-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Sossion asked them not to relent until the government honours the agreement.
The other MPs were Julius Mawathe (Embakasi South), Omboko Milemba (Emuhaya), Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita) and Otiende Amollo (Rarieda). “It is sad that intellectuals are being punished by the government time and again.
Pressure is the only thing that makes this government listen and we call on all dons to stay at home until the CBA is honoured,” said Sossion. Uasu secretary general Constantine Wasonga criticised the intrusion by police, who at some point threatened to use teargas to disperse them, and accused them of “wanting to cause trouble in town and use teargas where there is absolutely no trouble”.
He said lecturers would not be intimidated and will continue with weekly protests, adding that they are more energised to orchestrate the longest lecturers strike in the country.