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Dons hang boots on 53-day-long strike, resume classes Tuesday after consenting CBA

Last month, the government offered a Sh10 billion to dons. Wasonga has said that out of the Sh10 billion, UASU will receive a cumulative amount of Sh6 billion.

 

University lecturers have called off their 54-day-long strike today (Monday) afternoon after reaching an agreement on their contagious 2013-17 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) secretary general Constantine Wasonga said in a statement to the press that the decision was unanimously contented by members and came after they agreed to take the offer the government made last month.

Last month, the government offered a Sh10 billion increament. Wasonga has said that out of the Sh10 billion that was offered, UASU will receive a cumulative amount of Sh6 billion.

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"17.5 percent of the amount will cater for interests on basic salary while 3.9 per cent will cater for house allowances," Wasonga told journalists.

In the meantime, the agreed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) will be backdated from July 2013 to June 2017 and will be implemented across all universities except Maasai Mara University, which is not featured in the deal.

Wasonga reckoned that the CBA meant that all academic staff will benefit from arrears that have accumulated over the period of five years.

“We call off the strike and urge members to resume teaching tomorrow [Tuesday]” Wasonga told journalists in Nairobi.

Earlier, the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi on a live TV interview, said the students who are currently out of school due to the strike, will not have to pay extra fees.

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He said the university senate will be drafting a new timetable for the semester immediately the strike comes to an end.

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