Medics union joins dons strike over pay

Wangui Githugo @Wango_G

Learning in public universities and medical schools risk being paralysed after the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) and the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) launched twin strikes to demand for higher pay.

Among other demands, UASU wants universities funding model to be revised and use of capitation as a payment arrangement not used anymore as the lecturers strike enters day two today.

This call has been backed by the Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU), the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (Kudheiha) who have joined UASU and KMPDU in the nationwide industrial action.

UASU said unlike other times when they accept a fixed amount from the government, this time the dons will not agree to such terms as the union accused university managements of characterising salary structures by conversions and distortions that are not understood.

Addressing the press during the four unions’ joint press briefing, Uasu secretary general Constantine Wasonga said they will only sign a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that will entail detailed and definite salary structures for lecturers.

KMPDU chair Dr Ouma Oluga cautioned the government of the closure of major hospitals in the country as lecturers who are medical practitioners are under the same plan to receive medical risk allowances and emergency call allowance awarded to them last year.

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