Social dialogue breakdown cited as main hindrance to realization of CBA in Universities

Social dialogue breakdown has been cited as the main hindrance towards realization of Collective bargaining agreement between the employer and the staff at the Institutions of higher learning.

Deputy Secretary General Trade Union Congress Dr. Charles Mukhwaya says not until this is addressed then there will be more strikes in Universities over CBAs implementation.

Speaking in Nakuru on Monday during the official opening of a 5-day training workshop for University stakeholders on negotiation skills for strengthened social dialogue in the education sector in Kenya, Dr.Mukhwaya noted that lack of social dialogue on CBA has affected learning in the institutions for many years.

“Social dialogue breakdown has hindered the realization of CBAs in our Universities leading to collapse of talks. Our employers’ negotiation team is too heavy and then there is the SRC.At the end of the day you are told the national treasury says there is no maoney” said Dr.Mukhwaya.

According to Dr.Mukhwaya, the government through regulatory agencies such as the Salaries and Remuneration Commission has been working on illegalities to see to it that the demand of the Universities’ workers is not met.

He called on the government to ensure that there is conducive atmosphere in the institutions of higher learning in this country so that education standards cannot be affected by the industrial actions due to delayed implementation of CBAs.

“There has also been the interference of regulatory agencies in particular the SRC and the Ministry. The question we are asking is the government happy when the lecturers are denied money yet the money is there and is later returned to the treasury?” Dr.Mukhwaya questioned.

While commending the Ministry of Labor for the continued support, the Deputy Secretary General Trade Union Congress called on other stakeholders to embrace social dialogue.

The 5-day workshop is aimed at ensuring negotiation skills for strengthened social dialogue in the education sector in the country.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Deputy Secretary General Trade Unions Congress Dr. Charles Mukhwaya addressing during the official opening of a 5-day training workshop for University stakeholders on negotiation skills for strengthened social dialogue in the education sector in Kenya.

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