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KNUT will take care of teachers' salaries during strikes

20 March 2014, 00:47 Victir Tinto

Nairobi - The Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT will come up with a scheme to ensure that teachers are fully paid during future union strikes.

The move, which KNUT says will ensure that the unity of the union during strikes is 100% is already under scrutiny and close to completion.

The fund, will cost teachers KES 100 monthly in terms of contributions and will be created in a separate fund to the union's day to day activity funds.

" This is a move that is long overdue, secretary Wilson Sossion said Wednesday.

Sossion said that the fund will guarantee complete immunity for teachers from government enforced tactics to isolate and frustrate teachers during industrial action.

" We have been in situations where teachers are in two minds because they fear they will not have salaries at the end of the month like was in the case last year, he said.

Teachers have a number of pending payments from the government in long term agreements, the latest of which was agreed last year with the Jubilee government.

Sossion said that with the new initiative, teachers would be able to stand for their rights equivocally.

" There is room to protect teachers from the recoil effect that comes with strikes.

He added that the fund would be placed and operated safely to avoid cases of the money saved by teaches heading elsewhere.

" It will be a different fund with a different account and different operations, he said.

The initiative has been borrowed from countries in the west such as Britain and Germany which already have it in place.

Sossion also called for the speedy recruitment of more teachers to help with the ever increasing burden placed on teachers laden with an already high number of students under their watch.

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