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UoN boss, unions clash over strike deal

A cloud of uncertainty is looming at the University of Nairobi (UoN) as the management and two universities’ staff unions clashed over the implementation of the return-to-work formula that ended the recent three-month lecturers’ strike.

The Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) and Kenya Universities Staff Union (Kusu) chapters at the university accused Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi of refusing to meet the union officials yesterday.

In a phone interview with the People Daily, Uasu chapter secretary George Omondi said the VC ignored the officials, who he was to meet in the morning and instead asked them to express their reasons of meeting him in writing.

According to Omondi, the meeting was scheduled to take place last week but failed because the VC was out of the country on official duty.

“The VC is acting with impunity yet all other universities have implemented the deal. We are still being harassed and our salaries are still withheld. The reason is still unknown to us,” said Omondi.

Lecturers and the Inter-Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum (IPCCF) entered into  a deal where both parties and agreed no lecturer would be victimised or subjected to disciplinary action over the strike.

In March, Mbithi had announced over 500 lecturers would not be paid for participating in the industrial action.

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