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“Let them go ahead” Angry VC says as Egerton University lecturers dig in with threats of impending strike notice

by Paul Nyongesa
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Operations at Egerton University are likely to be paralysed if the University Management fails to comply with court order issued on 30th May, 2022 at the Nakuru Law courts.

In a letter signed by the University Chapter Secretary Dr. Grace Kibue, UASU demand for an immediate compliance with court orders in an event where the University fails to meet their demands they will automatically crystallize into an industrial dispute between the union and the University.

“The union hereby demands for immediate compliance with the court order referenced above and in any event within seven (7) days from the date hereof” read part of the letter.

“Take notice that non-compliance with this demand within the said date shall automatically crystallize into an industrial dispute between the union and the University,” their statement added.

Vice Chancellor Isaac Kibwage broke his silence over the looming crisis at the institution moment after the  letter was issued.

In a telephone interview with Kenyan Report, Prof Kibwage said the institution was cash strapped and couldn’t meet the financial demand by their workers.

“If they want to go on strike, it’s their right and they can go but the only simple truth is that we don’t have money coming from the government,” Said Kibwage.

He added: “It is unfortunate the lecturers have refused to understand the capitation challenges we are going through. “If we had the money we wouldn’t wait for the industrial action.”

The over 600 dons at the University are demanding full implementation of the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and payment of their salary arrears accrued due to a 40 per cent pay cut effected at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The university has over the past year paid its workers 40 per cent of their salary despite it being declared illegal by the Labour and Relations Court.

The lecturers are also agitating for defaults on third party and statutory deductions dating as far back as 2017.

The lecturers are also accusing the university of backtracking on their agreement even without consultation with failure to honour the Return-to-work formular(RTWF) dated 30th November,2020.

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