Industrial court orders teachers back to class
01 October 2015, 19:01
Nairobi - The Industrial Court has ordered teachers to resume classes immediately and respect an earlier order suspending the ongoing strike for 90 days.
Judge Nelson Abuodha stated Thursday that there was need for teachers to suspend the strike as earlier agreed and let an arbitrary Committee deal with the issues pending over the ongoing strike.
This follows a ruling last week which stated that the teachers strike was legal but asked them and the Teachers Service Commision TSC to negotiate terms over the strike and if not, then the two could execute their constitutional rights as they feel so.
" It is important that the teachers unions adhere to the ruling last week and go back to class while awaiting the arbitrary committee do its job," he said Thursday.
The teachers have said that they are still on strike as they first need to be paid their 50/60% payrise effected by the Labour Court while the TSC says it cannot pay the amount as it is economically straining.
The matter of the payrise is currently being appealed at the Court of Appeal by the TSC which argues it does not have the capability to pay the money.
Teachers in the meantime have been on a 5 week long strike to protest the lack of pay.
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