Pay up or we strike, teachers order government
14 July 2015, 16:04
Nairobi - Teachers will go on strike if the 50-60% pay hike granted by the Industrial Court is not effected by the Teachers Service Commision TSC.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT boss Wilson Sossion said Tuesday that unless the pay rise handed to them last week goes through, they will go on strike in protest.
Sossion stated that the union will honour the ruling that gave
them 30 days to conclude a Collective Bargaining Agreement CBA with TSC on basic salaries but pointed
out that should the period elapse without any tangible results, they
shall go on strike.
Sossion further stated that they will not discuss a CBA on any other matter before the issue on basic salary is fully addressed.
" We trust that the Commission shall accordingly be advised and noting
that the timelines earlier given lapsed, we are still open and in any
event within the Thirty (30) days to engage with a view to concluding
and registering the Collective Bargaining Agreement failure of which the
Teachers shall promptly resort to Industrial action to defend the given
justly and fairly by the Court," Sossion stated in a press statement.
According to Sossion, the hope is that there is no strike action which will affect students in the country.
" As we already indicated, it will be an unfortunate situation for the
Education Sector to be paralyzed again for the umpteen time on the
expiration of Thirty (30) days of the Judgment which, going by your
letter and Public pronouncement previously made is the only available
option," the statement added.
Sossion also insisted that KNUT would ensure that teachers get the value they crave in the new pay agreement.
" We shall not relent in our fight to ensure that Teaching is made an
attractive and first choice profession and to improve the status of
teachers, in particular their Salaries, working conditions and Career
opportunities. It is only when the Government shall give the attention the
Education Sector deserves that aspirations encompassed in the
affirmation that Education is a Public good, a fundamental human right
and a basis for guaranteeing the realization of other rights and by
extension other sustainable development, shall be achieved."
Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi last week stated that the government would appeal the move by the court to increase teachers salaries.
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