The Universities Academic Staff Union, UASU on Thursday signed a return to work formula with the government, ending a 78-day strike by public university lecturers that commenced on the 1st of March. The union however, rejected the proposed counter offer by the Inter Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum, IPUCCF and asked the lecturers to return to work following the agreement with the IPUCCF.
The Universities Academic Staff Union UASU, has vowed to “apply complementary mechanisms” to achieve the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) whose negotiation has been at the center of the industrial action.
UASU, rejected a 1.75 per cent salary increment for four years covering the 2017-2021 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) arguing that the offer which translated to 0.44 per cent annual salary increment did not meet the union’s proposal.
The Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) and Inter-Public University Councils Consultative Forum (IPUCCF) signed a return-to-work-formula, which gives assurance that there would be no job losses, no loss of benefits and both parties are to withdraw all court cases related to the dispute.
IPUCCF also assured that it would follow up on outstanding employer pension components for the 2010-2013 and 2013-2017 financial years. Thursday’s deal was inked following a day-long meeting at the ministry of Labour and Social protection, a forum supervised by Hellen Apiyo, a senior assistant Labour commissioner, and court-appointed conciliator.
Mid last month, Apiyo had expressed concern over the constitution of IPUCCF’s negotiation team which was at the time partly blamed for stalled negotiations. The announcement to call off the strike came a day ahead of the anticipated release of an inter-ministerial committee report on the management of public universities in the country. In 2017, UASU declared strikes thrice that lasted a cumulative 108 days.