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University Students threaten to protest over lecturers, doctors strike

Coast university students have given the state one week ultimatum to end the ongoing lectures and doctors’ strike or they call for countrywide mass action.

Under the umbrella body, Jumuiya ya Wanfunzi wa Pwani (Juwapwa), the over 50,000 member union said the mass action will be thrice weekly.

Speaking at Technical University of Mombasa, Juwapwa Organizing Secretary Felix Mariera said studies have been completely paralyzed and the government must act fast.

He said final year students may fail to graduate due to such inconveniences.

Lecturers in several parts of the country defied a court order and began their strike on Thursday demanding pay rise signed in 2013.

The court had ordered Kenya Universities Staff Union to enter into negotiations with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, the Federation of Kenya Employers and the Inter-Public University Councils Consultative Forum.

This comes one week after university staffs allied to Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions and Hospitals Workers (Kudheiha) went on strike to demand the government to honour a CBA they signed in 2013.

TUM students representative Frank Nyakundi said they are in contact with the giant Kenya University Student Association to ensure the demonstration in other regions are well coordinated.

“Time is being wasted and economy is not moving. The president must act,” Nyakundi said.

He said 14,000 TUM students have been affected and some 3,000 may fail to graduate.

Nyakundi said the government must table counter offers as demanded by UASU and other unions on strike.

“Just like patients are dying in hospitals due to the strike, so do we. We are dying intellectually,” he said.

Nyakundi said if massive corruption that has riddled the government is ended; all dues being demanded by workers will be settled.

Source: THE STAR

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