Egerton University Lecturers in Nakuru on Wednesday joined their colleagues in the nationwide demonstrations on the street in their bid to demand the Government agree to their pay demands.
The Lecturers under the umbrellas UASU, KUDHEIA and KUSU maintained that they will not go back to work until the Government agrees to their pay demands.
The lecturers are calling on the Government to consider the CBA agreement of 2013/2017 on salary increment as well as allowances.
According to UASU chair Egerton University Fred Mwangangi, the Lecturers are overworked and should be paid for their services.
He was however quick to state that if the Government agrees to pay them as per the 2013 CBA they will report back to learning institutions.
“We have done our work but the Government has failed to pay us and that is the reason why we are on the streets. If they announce that they are going to pay us, then shall we go back to class” said Mwangangi.
His sentiments were echoed by UASU treasurer at Egerton University Freddrick Juma,who staed that the lecturers’ strike which is expected to go on until the Government takes action to pay their demands has paralyzed learning in all public universities.
He said if the Government will not address the matter then the students will suffer more as some have began to study on their own.
“This strike has affected all public universities in terms of academic calendar…the graduation dates…..and as we are talking we are supposed to be in the mid of the second semester unless we shall be forced to work day and night which we will not agree because it is their probelm” he said.
He called the Government to have the Students interest at heart and solve the Lecturers strike by implementing the CBA.
Photo/Courtesy: Education CS Fred Matiang’i (right) with Uasu secretary general Constantine Wasonga in Nairobi during talks over the ongoing lecturers’ strike.