University lecturers have put on hold a strike set for August 30 , which would have paralysed learning in all the 35 public Universities.
In a statement, UASU general Secretary Constantine Wasonga said the union decided to suspend the strike to allow more talks with the government.
“UASU national executive committee has directed that the union suspend it’s strike notice to give a final chance to dialogue,” Said Dr Wasonga.
The Union’s top executive members held a crises meeting on Sunday with the Principal secretary for University Education and Research Simon Nabukwesi to review the progress on the conciliation initiated by the Ministry of Labour in a bid to resolve the stalemate.
” This is based on the outcome of the meeting of the Union official and the principal secretary, state department of Education and Research and agreement that we review the progress of reconciliation process initiated by the Ministry of Labour,” Said Dr Wasonga.
During the meeting, the parties involved agreed to review the agreement of the talks between the Union and Inter public University Consultative Forum(IPUCCF) under the auspices of the National Implementation Committee (NIC) over the stalled implementation of the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Professor Daniel Mugendi, the IPUCCF joint negotiation committee chaiperson said that they intended a conciliation meeting at the Ministry of labour on Friday last week.
“UASU agreed to call off the strike and allow consultation to prevail. The biggest issue is that they would like to understand how the CBA 2017-2021 was implemented,”
Dr.Wasonga further noted that the NIC has agreed all public Universities immediately submit to it’s returns for purpose of audit and enforcement of the compliance with the 2017-2021 CBA.
The Union also called for a review of orders of the employment and Labour Relations Court issued on August 26.