Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) members, representing lecturers in higher education in Kenya, have been on strike for almost two months because of stalled collective bargaining agreement negotiations with Inter-Public Universities Councils’ Consultative Forum (IPUCCF), the employers’ federation for public universities.
This strike follows IPUCCF’s failure to participate in negotiations in a return-to-work formula agreed upon between UASU in its previous 54-day strike.
Union members are contesting economic conditions that are deleterious to retaining and attracting faculty, including the failure to fund pensions and their very low salaries.  The UASU has called for national dialogue about financial support for Kenya’s institutions of higher learning, noting that funding of the universities has not matched their rapid growth over the years.

The conditions in Kenya reflect policies that have been promoted by the World Bank, as explained in research elsewhere on this site.