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Lecturers told to resume work, Uasu threatens strike if deal is ignored

Lecturers and other staff in public universities have been instructed to return to work after their union ended their 18-day strike.

“The strike was called off yesterday [Tuesday] and all union members are required to go back to their work stations as from Wednesday [July 19] uninterruptedly,” Uasu secretary general Constantine Wasonga said.

In a directive issued by the Universities Academic Staff Union, the employees were told to get back to work as they wait for the government to implement their agreement.

However, the union boss has warned they will down tools again if the government fails to pay them by the end of the month. “We want to give the government the benefit of the doubt that the Sh5.2 billion will be sent to our accounts by July 31,” Wasonga said yesterday.

The strike was called off on Tuesday after the government and the union signed a CBA and agreed to make full payment of salaries by the end of July.

The government has set aside Sh5.2 billion to pay lecturers.

In the CBA signed in March, lecturers got a 17.5 per cent increase in basic salaries, and a 3.9 per cent hike on house allowance across the board. The agreement required Sh10 billion to be implemented.

Speaking to the Star yesterday, UASU said it has put in place measures to ensure no one is victimised for taking part in the industrial action. We signed a return-to-work formula to ensure our members will not be victimised,” Wasonga said.

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