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Teachers hand government 21 day strike notice

27 August 2014, 12:55 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Teachers have handed the government a 21 day strike notice over what they term the breaking of a pay agreement between the two parties.

Under the umbrella of the Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT, they have told the government they will down their tools on the expiration of the 21 days unless a Collective Bargaining Agreement CBA is adhered to.

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said Wednesday in Nairobi that the agreement, which was reached earlier this year and saw the government agree to increase teachers' salaries and allowances starting July 2014, has yet to be enacted.

He also said that the agreement has not reflected in the August 2014 salaries, thus the strike notice.

" We have once again been forced onto strike notices to get our dues. Teachers are again being taken for a ride, Sossion said.

" This was a deal the government agreed to and now we feel shortchanged because we also agreed to go back to class in good faith. We give them three weeks to have the money paid or we will down our tools, he added.

Sossion accused the Teachers Service Commision TSC for dragging its feet over the matter and for colluding with the government in slowing down payments despite the Salaries and Remuneration Commision SRC sending circulars to the contrary.

Schools are set to re-open next week for their final term of the year and another strike, especially coming during the time usually set for national exams will be highly damaging to both students and teachers.

Sossion hopes they will not have to get to that point.

" I quickly urge the TSC and government to convene soon and pave way for the payments. We all know that third term is a very important period for our students and candidates, he added.

A strike at a similar time last year caused National exams to be rescheduled added to the  massive delays in the release of results, as well as completion of terms for other students.

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