Teaching staff at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology will benefit from higher commuter allowances following successful negotiations between the University Council and the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU).
According to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) covering the period from July 1st 2012 upto June 30th 2013 (thereafter the parties shall negotiate and bring into force another agreement), staff with motor vehicles will take home a monthly house to office allowance of Ksh. 14, 000 up from Ksh. 13, 000, while members of staff using other means of transport will pocket Ksh. 8, 000 up from Ksh. 7, 500.
Speaking at JKUAT Main Campus during the signing of the CBA, Monday September 15, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, appreciated “the efforts of everyone who was involved in the negotiations” particularly the Union officials for “demonstrating good negotiation skills.”
The Vice Chancellor further urged all staff to pull in the same direction towards the realization of the university’s mandate, while the university will rededicate itself towards the enhancement of staff welfare for the mutual benefit of all.
On his part, UASU Chapter Secretary General, Mutuura Mberia commended the negotiators for their constructive negotiation which enjoyed maximum cooperation from both parties culminating in the sealing of the CBA.
Mr. Mberia asked the Vice Chancellor to convey the Union’s appreciation of the new developments to the University Council, saying, the signing and conclusion of the agreement will pave way for the next round of negotiations.
The ceremony was also attended by UASU national officials including: Muchina Moses (UASU spokesman); Muiga, N.R and Beatrice Wahiti (UASU Joint Secretary); Jacob Musembi (National Deputy Secretary) and negotiators.
Other University officials present during the signing ceremony included: Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration, Planning and Development) Prof. Victoria Ngumi; Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) Prof. Romanus Odhiambo; Acting Registrar (Administration, Planning and Development) Dr. Jane Ngethe; Dr. Kaibui Mwikamba (Linkages); Legal Officer Vivian Waithaka; Head of Human Resources, Mr. Simon Otieno, among others.