University lecturers strike in Kenya over


Kenya public university lecturers ended a strike over low pay after reaching an agreement with authorities, a union official said, allowing classes to resume after being suspended since 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, told Reuters they reached an agreement with the Inter Public Universities Councils Consultative Forum (IPUCCF), which negotiates lecturers’ welfare with government.
“As the strike is now over, all students are invited to resume their studies immediately,” Wasonga said.

He did not give details of the agreement saying negotiations with government would continue.

Aside from the pay issue, lecturersalso demanded access to services available to other public servants such as car loans and higher quality medical insurance.

Some public workers accuse government of neglecting them and failing to curb widespread corruption they say swallows money that could be used to raise their pay.

Government officials deny the accusation.