Public university lecturers Wednesday started a strike over pay, joining nurses who have boycotted work for five months and deepening a crisis in the public service.
The University Academic Staff Union (Uasu), which has about 9, 000 members, said they would boycott work at 30 of Kenya’s 33 public universities until their pay demands are met.
The union accused the government of reneging on a March pay deal that offered lecturers a 17.5 per cent pay increase and a 3.9 per cent rise in housing allowances.
The deal was for the period starting 2013 to 2017. The government paid Sh10 billion arrears for the period, but failed to effect the monthly pay raise.