Workers at the Egerton University have protested the move by the university’s management to slash their April salaries by 40%.
The workers through their unions UASU,KUSU and KUDHEIHA are accusing the management of making the decision unilaterally.
Addressing the media at the University’s Nakuru town campus, the unions leaders said that they will not accept the salaries and asked their members to reject them.
Led by UASU Egerton chapter chairman Fredrick Mwangangi and KUSU National organizing Secretary Ernest Wayaya, the leaders said that the salary cut is a result of mismanagement and financial impropriety at the higher learning institution.
The two leaders said that their efforts to engage the University’s council over the mismanagement at the higher learning institution have yielded no fruit over the years.
They accused the University’s leadership of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to effect the pay cuts without involving the unions.
They called on the Ministry of Education to step in and investigate what they termed as financial impropriety at the institution.
In a notice to all workers, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Rose Mwonya had communicated the pay cut on April salaries citing lack of funds .
She however said that the remainder of the salaries will be paid once funds are available.
The unions have already asked their members countrywide not to accept any reduced salaries for the month of April.