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KUPPETT set to down their tools

25 July 2012, 10:20 Steve Wambugu

Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers KUPPET has expressed its disgruntlement in the way the government is handling what is terms as their “historical injustices”.

In a press statement issued by  the Nakuru County  branch Chairman Sammy Kambo, KUPPET says the government has continued to ignore their demands for salary hike as well as harmonising their commuter and house allowances with those of other civil servants.

This Kambo noted is a total disregard of their rights to better remuneration as public servants employed by the same government.

Kambo described the recent move by the public service minister Dalmas Otieno, of increasing the civil servants salary  in job  groups A to T and of those in national youth service as a deliberate intention to annoy the teachers.
Last year the over 52,000 KUPPET members downed their tools demanding 100 per cent increment in their basic salary pinning it on the burdening high inflation rate.
However, they later resumed their duties having been promised by the government that their grievances could be addressed.
Kambo says, the government 'conned' them back to work owing their failure to meet their agreements as stipulated in their memorandum of understanding.

The KUPPET official now says they will go on strike come September if their issues are not dealt with by then and they will never return to school till their salaries are increased and commuter and housing allowance harmonized with those of civil servants.

He said they will soon be sensitising their members at the grassroots in preparation of the 'no let go' strike, in September.

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