For a week now, Kenyan University Lecturers have been on strike demanding better pay and fresh recognition of their contribution to society.
This has been in the wake of a somewhat successful strike by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) over similar grievances. The non medical staff of the country’s largest referral hospital had also gone on strike in the same period though their issues were sorted out in lightening speed.
In the whole cacophony, the gravest sufferers were the Students who really have nothing to do with paying lecturers and teachers fairly. The government was thus forced to bend to the union’s (KNUT) demands because they were timed in synchrony with the schools opening period thus putting both the parents and aspiring candidates for the national exams in undue stress and strain both financially and psychologically. This can only be called blackmail.
Similar tactics are being employed by the University Unions in agitating for what they deem as their rights.
Next month public service doctors also plan on striking.
Only Time will tell if these tactics will prove to be the tried and tested ways of getting your fair share from the Government.