Egerton University Njoro Campus [photo: Nairobi news-Nation]
Nov, 2nd 2020 – More than 500 academic staff at the Egerton University have vowed to down their tools on 4th November this year.
The strike follows a demand by the chapter’s University Academic Staff Union for the institution to reverse its decision to effect a 40% salary reduction.
Vice Chancellor Rose Awuor Mwonya said that the University is only able to fund 60 per cent of gross monthly salaries. She has in the past said that the succession politics encouraged by the union is the root cause of financial wrangles at the University.
According to the Chapter chairperson Fredrick Mwangangi, the strike is one way to fight for their constitutional rights as the salary deduction is an illegal act.
He said, “The strike is one way of fighting for our constitutional rights. We are feeling the pinch of not getting 40 per cent of our hard-earned money through illegal salary deductions for the last seven months.“
On the other hand, the University Vice-Chancellor Rose Awuor says the university can only fund 60% of gross monthly salaries due to a reduced recurrent capitation.
He also noted that the university has not approached the union to negotiate on the looming strike. He said, “We shall not supervise the exams until our grievances are addressed. The start of the strike during the exam period is one of our strategies to force management to talk to the union and end the salary stalemate. I can assure you that on Wednesday, the exam program will be disrupted.“