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Court orders are not negotiable, Sossion tells govt

02 September 2015, 11:09 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General, Wilson Sossion has said teachers will not negotiate with the government over the court ruling that gave teachers a 50-60 percent pay rise.

He said there is no more time for negotiations and that the government must comply with the court ruling.

“Dialogue was lost on the table. We held 26 meetings but the government mishandled the process.

“You cannot negotiate court orders, especially if three courts have issued the same ruling,” Sossion said.

He said Treasury Cabinet Secretary was in contempt of court when he announced that the government does not have money to pay the teachers as ordered.

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“The orders were not given in a vacuum and we treat this as impunity.

“When it comes to teachers, money disappears but they are willing to bailout Kenya Airways, Mumias Sugar and even pay money lost in Anglo Leasing scandal. This is unacceptable,” Sossion said.

According to Sossion, the government should pay teachers or brace for a prolonged strike.

“Parents will have to keep their children home for a while until when the government will come to its senses and pay teachers as ordered by the court,” Sossion said.

The teachers’ strike has received backing from the Trade Unions Congress of Kenya and the opposition as it enters its third day Wednesday.

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