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TSC, KNUT meet Saturday to avert teachers strike

03 January 2015, 10:05 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Teachers Service Commission TSC and the Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT will meet to try avert a teachers strike scheduled to kick off next week.

The two bodies will meet Saturday where they will seek ways of thrashing out a deal to prevent the teachers striking over improved salaries and allowances.

KNUT have threatened to go on strike next week if their demands for a 300% increase in basic salaries and allowances are not improved with immediate effect.

TSC though, have insisted that the teachers will have to agree to a compromise for now and that they will likely have to settle for less, given that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission SRC has already termed the demand by teachers as untenable.

Teachers Service Commission Secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni says that there will be an offer on the table for teachers but it will not be what they want.

" We have already spoken severally about the need for teachers to take a compromise. They will need to in this case because we have said there is simply not enough to cover their demands," he said of the talks.

He added that there had been institution of an improved amount on allowances and medical cover but that basic salaries would still likely suffer.

" They have to be in our shoes. We have tried to improve their package as much as we can. They also have to understand that current economic climate, he added.

Those sentiments though, will not likely go down well with teachers, who are keen on having long standing promises fulfilled.

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion is not holding back in his demands. Not one step.

" We have yet to receive an offer from the government and we do not know what to expect from the meeting. We will see but as it stands, next week teachers will down their tools," he threatened.

He insisted that teachers have been given a raw deal for years and that it was about time they finally had their way.

" You know the situation. You know how it goes. They have mistreated teachers. We can all agree on that point. "

Deputy President William Ruto has already asked teachers to try their best to accomodate the government in talks to ensure there is no strike, while parents have already secured a court order stopping any kind of strike action.

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