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University lecturers end strike after signing pay deal

Striking Universities Staff Academic Union (Uasu) members hold a protest in Nairobi March 8, 2017. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA | NMG
Striking Universities Staff Academic Union (Uasu) members hold a protest in Nairobi, March 8, 2017. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA | NMG 

Learning in public universities is set to resume from Tuesday after striking lecturers agreed to return to work.

This comes after the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) and university councils agreed to sign the 2013-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) ending the 54-day strike that paralysed learning and research in all public universities since January 19.

The highlight of the CBA is that the lecturers will get 17.5 per cent increase in basic salary and a 3.9 per cent increase in house allowance across the board, except for Maasai Mara University for which previous higher increments have taken into account.

Best possible deal

“UASU assures our members that this settlement was the best possible deal under the prevailing circumstances, as the CBA period is due to expire within three months,” said UASU secretary general Dr Constantine Wasonga while speaking to journalists on Monday in Nairobi.

He said that under the signed deal, academic staff will benefit from arrears that have accrued over the four years of the CBA, effective from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017.

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