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KNUT are not 'watermelons': Sossion

12 September 2014, 13:53 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - KNUT are not watermelons, Secretary General Wilson Sossion says after the strike notice put in by the organization was called off.

The allegation was made Thursday evening after they called off the planned strike over unpaid salaries and allowances, with the position being that they had given the government time to prepare for the due payments.

The point of contention is a 200% salary increase agreed late last year.

Sossion, who spoke after a long meeting between the body and the Teachers Service Commision TSC, said that they are giving the government time to put their house in order, not that they are stepping aside all-together.

Read also: KNUT unrelenting on pay rise, warns TSC

" We’ve made reasonable progress, and negotiations are not done in one day, he defended.

" Truth is that we need tangible proposals on the table and those are the engagements we have been deep in the whole afternoon– We’ve given the government a few more days as we extend the strike deadline," he added.

Sossion, who had earlier said that they would be unrelenting in their mission of ensuring a pay increase said that if the government did not firm up a real offer by the end of the month, they would consider downing their tools, even at the expense of national exams.

" We have given them till September 30. That does not mean we have stepped back. We have just given them time to sort it out. That is the most logical thing at the moment.

" If they do not come up with something, we will issue a new strike notice within seven days, he added.

Read also: MP laughs off claims he paid youth to heckle Uhuru

The government has said that it needs to consult before agreeing to or disagreeing with the demands set by teachers.

It is understood that they are to meet the Salaries and Remuneration Commision SRC next week to seek their view on the matter.

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