Kenyan university lecturers strike again over low pay

Had walked off jobs in December over salaries
||Last Updated: 03/08/2018
Labour strike
Empty chairs are seen arranged inside a lecture hall at the Garissa University College, northeast of Kenya. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

NAIROBI (Reuters) — Kenya's public university lecturers have resumed a nationwide strike over low pay, nearly three months after ending a similar protest.

Strikes by public workers in the East African country have become more frequent in recent years, often fuelled by grievances over pay.

The lecturers, who began the strike on Thursday, said in a statement they were also demanding services available to other public servants like car loans and higher quality medical insurance.

"The union has exhausted all the possible options that were available to prevent the industrial action," the Universities' Academic Staff Union said in the statement.

A strike over the same grievances ended in December after the lecturers said they had reached an agreement with the government for a raise in salaries.

Some public workers accuse the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta of neglecting them and failing to curb widespread corruption that they say swallows money that could be used to raise their pay.

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