The industrial court has declined an application by the Universities Academic Staff Union to have their ongoing strike declared legal. The labor court instead directed the lecturers to resume work on Monday declaring the strike unprotected. The court has also directed the ministry of education and the public universities to file and serve a counter proposal on the lecturers demand within 60 days. The lecturers who moved to the appellate court after the Employment and Labour Relations Court ruled that their strike is unlawful and Justice Onesmus Makau ordered them to go back to work. Earlier this week, the lecturers, led by the Universities’ Academic Staff Union Constantine Wasonga, met University Education Principal Secretary Japheth Ntiba, who also insisted that they call off the strike. He asserted that the government can only make an offer to the lecturers after the conclusion of the job evaluation. On Wednesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said that 25 out of the 31 public universities had submitted their data for auditing. This comes as dons at the University of Nairobi are yet to receive their pay.
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