Three varsity worker’s unions have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene on the issues that saw them go on strike on Thursday last week.
The group, comprised of officials from three unions, said they were disappointed with the government’s failure to resolve strikes in the country.
The representatives of Kudheia, Uasu and Kusu said it was unfortunate that the President and Deputy President William Ruto have prioritised campaigns.
Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied workers and University Academic Staff Union members have been assembling at the varsity’s graduation square since the strike began.
They have been joined by members of the Kenya University Staff Union for the days that they have been boycotting work, a situation that has disrupted services at the school.
They said it is not wise for the two top leaders to proceed with voter registration campaigns at the expense of the crisis at universities and public hospitals.
“We need the two principals to address the issue of the strike first because its due. We have been assembling here for the last seven days and will continue to do so until our demands are met,” Fred Juma, Egerton chapter UASU treasurer, said.
Andrew Maoga, Kudheia Chairman said: “There is no learning going on in the 31 public universities, hence we need a quick intervention on the strike,”
They vowed not to resume work until the 2013-2017 CBA is negotiated, signed and filed at the Industrial Court.
“If our employer will not provide the counter-proposal concerning the CBA, we will have no option but continue with the strike,” Patrick Murerwa, Egerton Chapter UASU organising secretary, said.
They noted that the CBA in question had been in limbo for the past six years, an issue they said was not good on the side of universities staff.
The university workers said their attempts to secure a successful CBA from the government has been unsuccessful, further urging dons to stay away from their work stations.
Students at Egerton’s main and Nakuru town campus were left to study on their own as the striking dons stayed away from lecture halls.
A spot check by the Star revealed that most students left the varsity premises following the disruption of normal operations.
Source: THE STAR