KNUT says teachers strike will go on
29 December 2014, 17:38
Nairobi - The Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT has said that an intended strike will go on in the new year.
Secretary General Wilson Sossion said Monday that the strike would go on as the government has yet to state its stand on the matters affecting teachers, 26 meetings after they first met for talks.
He added that despite calls from Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi to have the strike talks shelved, teachers had had enough of the unfulfilled promises by government.
" It is too much talk but not action We have had this talk for way too long without any concrete action taking place. We need action and fast, he said of the impasse.
Kaimenyi had asked teachers to beware of letting education standards in the country slip in their plight to get better terms.
" Let them not allow standards of education drop while there are other means of dealing with these matters," he asked teachers to be wary.
Sossion though, says that he does not take the CS's words to mean anything.
" The CS is just taking part in mere public relations exercises. There is nothing more to talk about unless the government actually firms up an offer and sticks to it," he added.
Teachers have complained about the move to slash some of their allowances as well as the government walking back on its word to increase salaries and allowances, something Sossion says they will not go back on.
" We will not go back on what we promised our members and we will not stop fighting for what we believe is ours legitimately, he added.
Teachers have stated that they will not return back to work for the new year unless they feel they are taken seriously by the government.
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