Pay up by Monday, teachers order government
26 August 2015, 15:35
Nairobi - Teachers have said that they want to be paid their arrears by Monday.
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said that they will not negotiate with the Teachers Service Commission TSC over the court order awarding them a 50 to 60 percent salary increase.
Instead, KNUT has asked Parliament to order the treasury to release the money for teachers’ revised salaries by Monday midnight.
Speaking after meeting with TSC commissioners, Sossion said teachers have stood their position and will file a contempt of court case if TSC fails to obey the court decision.
" We will file a contempt of court order if they do not pay up. They must obey the orders of the highest court in the land, Sossion said.
The TSC has yet to comment officially on the ruling by the Supreme Court to award the pay increase.
Sossion has also called for sacking of Salaries and Remunerations Commission Chair Sarah Serem for reportedly saying teachers should not get the pay hike, saying she is in contempt of court.
" Serem is in contempt with her loose comments. She should know better," he added.
The government is in a tight spot after the ruling, as they are needed to fork out KES 150 billion to cover for the pay-rise.
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