Learning Suspended at Egerton University Indefinitely

Learning and other key activities at Egerton University,Njoro were cut short yesterday after the teaching and non-teaching staff withdrew their services and started engaging in a protest.

 

 

 

Students were left in a dilemma as the lecturers who were supposed to supervise them in special and supplementary exams that were to begin yesterday made themselves scarce .

 

 

 

 

The University workers under their respective labour unions assembled at the university’s graduation square outside administration block in protest over what they termed as high handedness by the university’s management.

 

 

 

According to Kenya University Staff Union Branch chairperson Kipchumba Ruto the workers will continue with their protest until their grievances are fully addressed.

“We served the management with a notice of withdrawing our services if they won’t have complied by today. We have heard nothing from them yet,” said Kipchumba.

University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) chapter chair Prof Mwaniki Ngari wondered why the university had failed to honour a nationally agreed collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

 

“Whatever we are demanding for is not unique to Egerton. It is what is provided for under the 2017-2021 CBA which was registered in court in January for all public universities,” said Prof Mwaniki.

He added that despite agreeing on a return to work formula on the 40 per cent pay cut imposed at the height of Covid-19 pandemic last year, the university had not honoured the agreement.

At the same time, KUSU branch treasurer Kennedy Mangale said it was unfair for the university to expect them to continue working yet they were not being properly compensated.

The workers accused the management of declining to release their full pay, statutory and third party deductions as expected despite receiving the funds from the national government.

In response ,Egerton University Vice-Chancellor Prof Isaac Kibwage denied claims that the management had declined to cooperate with the workers.

The VC further said they would enter talks with the unions to resolve the stalemate as soon as possible.

“The staff are demanding money that the university doesn’t have. It is a CBA that was signed nationally and the government has not given sufficient capitation to cater for it,” said Kibwage.

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