Kenyan university lecturers end strike over low pay

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Kenya’s public university lecturers have ended their strike over low pay, after reaching an agreement with authorities, a union official said.

After the strike is called off, classes are allowed to resume after being suspended since early March.

Strikes by public workers in the East African country have become more frequent in recent years, often over low pay and other grievances.

Constantine Wasonga, Secretary General of the lecturers’ union, said on Thursday that they had reached an agreement with the Inter-Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum (IPUCCF), which negotiates lecturers’ welfare with the government.

“As the strike is now over, all students are invited to resume their studies immediately,” Wasonga said.

He did not provide details of the agreement but said negotiations with the government would continue.

Aside from the pay issue, the lecturers had also demanded access to services available to other public servants like car loans and higher quality medical insurance.

Some public workers accuse the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta of neglecting them and failing to curb widespread corruption. They say corruption has been swallowing money that could be used to raise their pay.

Government officials deny the accusation.

Reuters