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Uasu, varsities council meet in bid to end strike

Wangui Githugo @Wango_G

Public university vice chancellors and lecturers are scheduled to meet this morning in a bid to resolve the ongoing strike by teaching and non-teaching staff that has paralysed learning for the past month.

Inter-Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum of the Federation of Kenyan Employers (IPUCCF) has invited Universities Staff Academic Union (Uasu) leadership for a meeting with a proposal it intends to lay on the table for the striking workers in a bid to end the problem. Second attempt However, it is the second attempt by the IPUCCF to hold talks with Uasu since the strike was called on November 1.

The first meeting called on Monday last week did not materialise after Uasu failed to show up demanding that all stakeholders be in attendance first for any discussions to take place.

In a letter seen by People Daily to Uasu secretary general Constantine Wasonga, Joint Negotiations Committee chair Prof Isaac Mbeche who is also University of Nairobi Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration and Finance, urged the union officials to be in attendance to discuss a return to work formula.

Although the return to work formula agenda sparked off issues with the union officials who claimed they did not resolve to a strike only to discuss that, Wasonga confirmed their attendance in today’s meeting.

“We will attend the meeting and give them a benefit of doubt. We also want to hear what is on the table for us but let it be clear that if all our issues are not addressed, then there is no strike that will be called off,” said Wasonga on phone. He further confirmed that all the necessary and relevant stakeholders will be in attendance.

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