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
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