VC Counsels Staff on Industrial Action
Vice-Chancellor, Prof Francis Aduol has called on union officials to embrace dialogue instead of resorting to confrontational activism while agitating for improved terms and conditions of service.
While speaking during the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with Kenya Union of Domestic Hotel, Educational Institutions and Allied Workers (KUDHEIA), the VC recalled on how a misunderstanding and big headedness among some staff union officials had led to dismissals and suspensions over matters that could have been resolved through dialogue.
“I have a soft spot for all TU-K staff. I have personally worked very hard to ensure that the staffs have improved terms and conditions of service but I felt let down by some of you when you resorted to industrial action yet the matter was being addressed by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) with whom we were in constant communication.”
Prof. Aduol cautioned workers with young families not to be careless by organizing and taking part in illegal agitations which may lead to loss of jobs. “The nearest a human being can come to serving an angel is to take care of a child. Then, why, should you loss a job and subject the beautiful and innocent souls God has given you to take care of? asked the VC.
According to the CBA, staff in Grades one (1) to four (4) will earn allowances as per the following;
On first appointment and on termination of appointment a member of staff shall be paid the allowance at rate of Ksh. 4,800 for grade one, sh, 5,100 for grade two, sh 5,300 for grade three and sh. 5,800 for grade four. Commuting allowance shall be payable throughout the year to members of staff who use private/personal vehicles for transport and other means of transport from their houses to their places of work at a flat rate of Ksh 7,800/.
After every twelve months consecutive service with the Employer an employee shall be paid leave travelling allowance at the following rates when proceeding on annual leave:- Sh. 3,000 for job grade four and the lowest in job group one taking home sh. 2,500. While travelling within Kenya on University authorized business, members of staff covered by this agreement shall be paid subsistence allowance between the ranges of sh. 2,400 to sh. 3,000.
Other allowances cover mileage, risk, passage and baggage among others. Accompanying the VC during the signing ceremony was TU-K management and officials of KUDHEIA TU-K chapter and National office led by Senior Assistant Secretary General John. Ombima.