TU-K Signs CBA with UASU
Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) has signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with its local chapter of the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU).
This CBA is the first since TU-K became a fully-fledged university two years ago. The agreement covers house to office allowance, travel and annual leave allowances, bereavement, among others.
Speaking during the signing ceremony held at TU-K Conference room, TU-K Vice- Chancellor Prof Francis Aduol noted that the signing marked an important day for the university. He explained his long term relationship with the union since his days as a lecturer at the University of Nairobi. He revealed that matters academic and the welfare of the academic staff remained dear to his heart.
“We take seriously matters concerning our staff. We will ensure that we implement the CBA with immediate effect.” The VC was flanked by Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Prof Paul Shiundu (Academic, Research and Students) and Prof Joseph Kiplang’at (Administration, Planning and Infrastructure).
|TU-K Vice-Chancellor Prof. Francis Aduol, exchange CBA document with UASU National Secretary General Dr. Muga K’olale.
Looking on is UASU National Chairman Prof. Sammy Kubasu, TU-K UASU chapter Chairman Mr. Ronald Sungu and Secretary General Mr. Jacob Musembi.
Others in the picture are members of TU-K Executive Management.
UASU National Secretary General Dr. Muga K’Olale praised TU-K for signing the agreement noting that as a young university, the institution had set the pace. “This is history we are writing. As a university, you are laying a firm foundation and goodwill characterised by good working relationship between the management and workers. We appeal to other universities to be sensitive to the plight of workers and follow suit,” said K’Olale.
Dr. K’Olale pointed out that negotiations saved time, resources and energy. He added that gone are days the universities were orthodox, rigid and did not allow negations on remunerations. “Universities have created academic culture, they rely on brains in order to achieve their goals and objectives. Therefore there is a need to offer competitive remuneration,” said he.
UASU National Chairman Prof. Sammy Kubasu urged the Management and the Union to always embrace dialogue since it is more productive than confrontation. He said that gone are days when university lecturers turned rowdy and held demonstrations on the streets to demand for their rights. “For a long time, the union has been perceived to be rebellious but we want to delete this notion. We are at peace when we see our local chapters working well with the management,” he said.
|VC hands over a diary to UASU National trustee Prof. Alex Okoth. Looking on is Vice-Chairman Mr. Mutula Mberia (in grey coat) Chairman Prof. Sammy Kubasu, Secretary General Dr. Muga K’olale and Organizing Secretary Dr. Musalia Edebe|
His sentiments were welcomed by UASU TU-K Chapter Chairman Mr. Ronald Sungu who said that the agreement will strengthen the relationship between the university management and the union. “The signing and implementation of the document will make TU-K a better place to work. It focuses on the future and came at a good time. This will make the academic staff dedicate all their energies to the university,” said Sungu.
UASU TU-K Secretary Mr. Jacob Musembi, noted that even though the document took long, its signing and implementation will cultivate harmonious working relationship between the union and the university. He thanked the management for working closely with the union and coming up with good ideas that translated to the document.
In attendance were UASU National Officials; Vice-Chairman Mutula Mberia, Organising Secretary Musalia Edebe, trustee Prof. Alex Okoth, TU-K management and other union members.