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Striking dons want Rotich fined for lack of counter offer

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. file photo | nmg
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. file photo | nmg 

Lecturers want Cabinet secretaries Amina Mohammed and Henry Rotich together with five other State officers cited for disobeying a court order that directed the government to table a counter offer to the striking dons.

In a fresh suit filed at the Employment and Labour Relations Court, lecturers have accused the government of failure to present a counter proposal for the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

On March 16, Justice Onesmus Makau ruled that the ongoing strike is illegal and ordered lecturers to resume duty. The dons are yet to resume work.

The judge also ordered that a counter proposal be presented to the Labour Cabinet secretary within 30 days and that all parties involved in the dispute act in good faith so that the matter is resolved within 60 days.

The lecturers are yet to receive a counter offer, which the Treasury said will be tabled once they withdraw a suit opposing implementation of new university job grades.

The Treasury’s stance has delayed pay talks to end the strike. “The contemnors cited should be punished for contempt of court by committal to civil jail for a period of six months or a fine of Sh200, 000,” said Titus Koceyo, the lawyer for Universities Academic Staff Union.

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