The Universities’ Academic Staff Union (UASU) has invited its members for a procession to present a petition to the National Assembly on the controversial Finance Bill 2023.
In a memo copied to all Chapter Secretaries dated May 26, UASU Secretary General Dr. Constantine Wasonga said the procession will take place on Monday, May 29; and it will start from the Chancellor’s Court, University of Nairobi to the Parliament buildings.
“This is therefore, to request all Chapter Secretaries to mobilize over 200 members from their Chapters to attend the procession in Nairobi,” reads part of the memo.
This follows nationwide rejection of the proposed 3 per cent salary deduction towards the national housing programme by giant teacher unions – Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and KNUT – among other unions and influential individuals from various quarters.
Several union leaders have called for rejection of the Finance Bill 2023 in its entirety even as the government keeps campaigning for it.
Addressing the Bartek Investment Cooperative Society 8th AGM in Baringo, KNUT Eldama Ravine Executive Secretary Mr. Francis Bundotich said that teachers already have houses and are currently economic burdened and further salary deduction will impoverish them.
KUPPET Vihiga branch Executive Secretary Sabala Inyeni wrote a letter to the Clerk of the National Assembly dated May 8 to express their opposition to the Bill and instead asked the government to increase their salaries as promised in last year’s campaign manifesto.
“Take note that all our 2,503 KUPPET members in Vihiga county are strongly opposed to this bill in its entirety. Instead, our members are waiting for the government to offer a pay increase as promised in their own campaign manifesto,” read the letter in part.
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