It was all smiles for JKUAT staffers who laughed all the way to the bank, Friday May 30, 2014 following the University’s move to implement in full, the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The CBA, negotiated between all public universities in Kenya and their respective trade unions was sealed in March 2014, but implementation delayed to May 2014, with salary and house allowance increments arrears of 18 and 9.8 percent respectively, backdated to July 2010.
Reflecting on the CBA, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga reminded Union officials that JKUAT was part of their family; whose advancement she said depended on their own individual contribution. Prof Imbuga who was meeting officials of Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) , JKUAT Chapter, Monday June 9, 2014 at the University said her management was pleased to meet its CBA obligation, making JKUAT among the ‘very few public universities in Kenya to fully implement the bargain’
The Vice Chancellor petitioned the Union and the entire JKUAT staff members to devise and intensify creative ways that would result in increased productivity saying ‘JKUAT is big and each one of us has a role to play’. Updating the officials on recent advances that the University was making, Prof. Imbuga singled out the partnership between JKUAT and Keroche Industries that would enable the alcohol manufacturing plant to enhance the development and dissemination of JKUAT sourced knowledge and technology to support small scale agro entrepreneurs and famers in the country.
Nickson Chege, KUSU Secretary general, JKUAT Chapter told the vice chancellor his Union was grateful to the University for honoring and implementing the CBA which he said was well received by the entire JKUAT workforce. Mr. Chege pledged his union would continue to promote dialogue with University Management to move JKUAT forward.
And Eng. Magoka Makori who spoke on behalf of KUSU national office expressed gratitude to Prof. Imbuga who is the Chair of the country’s public universities Vice Chancellors forum saying; her position was instrumental in brokering and successful implementation of the CBA accord. Eng. Makori, who is KUSU national office Deputy Secretary General encouraged all industrial relations players in public universities it was now time for members to deliver on their obligations and added that ‘ Whatever has happened was now ‘water under the bridge’.
Out of 31 public universities and their corresponding university colleges represented in the deal, only three universities, including JKUAT were able to fully implement the CBA , with others preferring to stagger the implementation.
The function was also addressed by other JKUAT KUSU union officials including; Chairman . Nelson Nderitu, Vice Chair -Eng. Justus D’Oketch, and Trustee Emma Njau.