University lecturers in Kenya call-off strike over salaries
Lecturers in Kenya’s public universities have announced an end to their strike which has lasted more than two months over low salaries.
The lecturers have been on strike since March this year demanding improved working conditions. But they have now reached an agreement with the Kenyan authorities over their demands.
A union official for the lecturers, Constantine Wasonga told Reuters that ending the strike would now allow for academic work to resume.
Constantine Wasonga, said on Thursday that the agreement was reached with the Inter Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum (IPUCCF) that negotiates lecturers’ welfare with the government.
He is quoted as saying that “As the strike is now over, all students are invited to resume their studies immediately”.
The lecturers have been asking for similar services other public servants enjoy including access to car loans and higher quality medical insurance.
Public sector workers in Kenya often embark on strike usually over salaries, as they blame the government for failing to fulfil promises made to them.
The government has said that lack of adequate funds has made it difficult to satisfy the demands of every public sector worker.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has also been accused of failing to curb widespread corruption which has made it difficult to raise enough funds to pay workers well.