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Kenyan public university lecturers end strike over salary increase

by Christine Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s public university lecturers on Monday called off the 54-day strike after the government awarded them a 17.5-percent salary increase following intensive negotiations.

Senior officials from unions representing university teaching and non-teaching staff told members to resume work, saying they were satisfied with the new salary hike deal that is in line with the 2013-2017 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) signed with the government.

Secretary General of University Academic Staff Union (UASU) Constantine Wasonga said lecturers will resume their teaching and research duties on Tuesday.

Kenyan university lectures on Jan. 19 downed tools citing the government’s failure to honor an agreement on salary increase and better working conditions.

Their 54-day strike paralyzed learning in 33 public universities while putting cutting-edge research programs in jeopardy.

The university lecturers through their unions last week rejected an 18-percent salary hike offered by the government and demanded a 30 percent increase.

At some point, Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i threatened unspecified action against striking lecturers, terming their demands unrealistic.

In the new agreement, university lecturers will be entitled to a 17.5-percent hike in their basic salary and a 3.9-percent increase in house allowance.

Wasonga disclosed the university academic staff would also be entitled to arrears that have accumulated over a four-year period under the new deal signed with their employer.

           

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