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Sossion lauds teachers for defying return to work court order

28 September 2015, 14:48 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Teachers have kept off schools on the fifth week of their strike, defying last Friday’s return to work court order to allow for a 90-day negotiation on their pay rise.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General, Wilson Sossion has lauded teachers for heeding to their Unions’ directive to not report to work as ordered by the court until certain demands are met by their employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

“Thank you teachers in Kenya for heeding to my call to stay away from schools. Indeed you have faith in us,” said Sossion.

Sossion, while responding to the court’s ruling ordering teachers to report to work immediately on Monday, asked them to keep off until their national representatives meet to deliberate on some issues and asked TSC to withdraw the appeal challenging their 50 to 60% salary increment.

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He said teachers were well-prepared to go on strike and ready for possible threats from TSC including the sacking and withholding of their salaries for the months they were on strike, and affirmed that that will not make them to give in.

“We were prepared as teachers when we went on strike. This was not a wedding but war where even lives would be lost to get justice. We cannot go on strike then surrender before gaining its objective,” said Sossion.

Citing the Illinois teachers’ strike in US that lasted a year, the Botswana one that lasted for eight months and the Tanzanian that lasted for two months, Knut Secretary General said Kenyan teachers were also going to stay away from schools until the government effects their 50 to 60% pay rise.

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