Do whatever it takes to avert strike by lecturers
SEE ALSO :Lecturers to wait longer for pay riseLecturers and other beneficiaries of the CBA, namely UASU, Kenya Universities Staff Union and the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied (Kudheiha) have every right to feel aggrieved. Negotiations for the CBA were protracted, leading to a number of strikes by university lecturers between 2016 and 2018, but the concentration being in 2017. The government has no plausible excuse for reneging on an agreement it willingly signed. The payment should have been factored into the budget and if there were any extenuating circumstances that impeded implementation, the honourable thing to do would have been to inform the unions well in advance. But while pursuing what is rightfully theirs, lecturers should give a thought to students who bear the brunt of interruptions in their learning. Extended stays in institutions of learning because of strikes not only undermine their confidence, these strikes are an economic burden to students and their parents. Strikes also lower the international ranking of our universities.
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