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Dons block new job scale over juniors’ big pay

Salaries and Remuneration Commission chairperson Sarah Serem. PHOTO | FILE
Salaries and Remuneration Commission chairperson Sarah Serem. PHOTO | FILE 

University lecturers have blocked in court the implementation of a new job grading system because it ranks administrators with less education above them in the pay scale.

Justice Nelson Abuodha said the new scale proposed by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) does not factor in academic qualifications of the teaching staff.

Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu), the lecturers’ union, says their input in the pay scale was not included in the scaling.

Once implemented it will see degree-holder administrators such as the university librarian and finance officers earn more than senior lecturers with PhD qualifications.

The judge warned SRC officials of jail should they push for implementation of the new pay scale which would affect more than 9,500 lecturers in the 31 public universities.

Mr Koceyo said SRC engaged the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to undertake the job evaluation for academic staff without involving Uasu.

The court heard that the fresh job grading could derail implementation of the recently inked Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which led to the release of Sh10 billion to public university workers.

“The CBA will be adversely affected by the latest job evaluation by the SRC contrary to the law,” the Employment and Labour Relations Court judge heard.

The court heard that PwC used a management model known as Paterson Tool for the review, which gave a smaller weight to academic qualifications.

It ranked assistant university lecturers below staff in charge of student hostels and legal officers.

However, it ranked professors higher than administrative staff.

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