The Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU) has issued a seven-day strike notice after their negotiations for the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement stalled. Speaking to the press in Nairobi on Saturday, KUSU Secretary General Charles Mukhwaya addressed the strike notice to the council of all public universities and constituent colleges.
The KUSU boss said failure to attend to their demand within the specified seven days will have its outlined consequences, “All KUSU members in the Universities and constituent colleges will have no otherwise but to withdraw there labour and won’t resume duty until the CBA will be successfully signed, concluded and implemented,” he said. He further added that the same notice was served to the government and their employers IPUCCF on Friday after they failed to keep their promise for the fourth time.
This comes after KUSU had a week ago threatened to demonstrate if the government did not present a counter proposal in the negotiations. IPUCCF (Inter Public Universities Council Consultative Forum) was also faulted for not being committed to the negotiations in earlier meetings, with Mukhwaya pinpointing their “unpreparedness and general lack of commitment” in their previous meetings. The same issue had also been raised by UASU (Universities Academic Staff Union) who had voiced their complaints concerning the rate of negotiations driven by IPUCCF.