NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s lecturers and
subordinate workers in public universities Tuesday called off a
strike that had lasted more than two weeks and paralyzed the
institutions of higher learning across the country.
Three unions—the Universities’ Academic Staff Union (UASU),
Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU) and Kenya Union of
Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospital and Allied
workers (Kudheiha) -- called off the strike after the government
agreed to pay 52 million U.S. dollars.
KUSU Secretary General Charles Mukhwaya however vowed that
lecturers will return to the streets if the government fails to
release the money by the end of July.
"The strike has been called off but if lecturers fail to see
the money reflected in our bank accounts by the end of this
month, we will call the strike again," Mukhwaya told journalists
Principal Secretary in charge of University Education
Colletta Suda confirmed on Tuesday evening that the money is
expected to be reach university accounts on Wednesday.
Early this month, the government released 48 million dollars
for the 100 million dollar collective bargaining agreement (CBA)
signed in March.
"We want to give the government yet another benefit of doubt
that the 52 million dollars is paid by July 31. Should that not
be the case, the workers will down their tools again," said UASU
Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga.
In January, university lecturers downed tools, citing state
failure to honor an agreement on salary increase and better