Workers Unions at JKUAT Threaten to Strike

Workers’ unions represented at the Jomo Kenyatta University (JKIA) are threatening to go on strike starting next week Tuesday.

Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), the Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU) and the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) are calling on the institution’s management to fully implement the national 2017- 2021 CBA.

UASU Secretary General JKUAT Chapter Shadrack Muya says the institution should follow the example of other universities that have implemented the agreement fully.

According to Muya the administration has neglected their needs as service providers.

“We cannot keep doing slave labour, other universities have gone diagonal and are being paid their salaries as per the CBA, why not JKUAT?” said Muya.

He further said salary increment is a legal component among the terms and conditions noted in their job contract.

Other demands they seek to have met include, a medical scheme, over-taxation, and staff dependent fees waiver.

In the 2017-2021 CBA, the lowest paid academic staff earn 57,729 shillings while the highest-paid academic staff who are are professors earn 283,087 shillings.

Other universities that are yet to implement the CBA include Rongo University, Technical University of Kenya, Moi University and Egerton University.

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