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KENYA: University Lecturers Embark On Strike Again Over Low Pay

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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 fueled 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 Universities’ Academic Staff Union said in the statement that the union has exhausted all the possible options that were available to prevent the industrial action.

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