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Teachers to go on strike in December

19 November 2014, 16:27 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Teachers will go on strike in December if the government fails to come up with a comprehensive plan to have their pay improved.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT said Wednesday that they would go on strike if the Teachers Service Commission TSC failed to break the current deadlock between the two sides by December 5, 2014.

Secretary General Wilson Sossion said that teachers had indeed waited too long to have their pay concerns solved and that they needed action from the government after years of empty promises.

" We have been promised severally and nothing has been done and this time we need to see action taken, Sossion said after a KNUT general council meeting in Nairobi.

He argued that teachers are the lowest paid and most taxed in the public service and that something needs to be done to address that.

" Something has to be done to end this impasse and unless it is, we will call for a strike when we meet again December 9," he threatened.

Talks between the two sides have so far been fruitless, with both trading accusations over the pay demands on one side and ability to pay on the other hand.

The TSC says so far that it cannot match pay demands raised by the teachers unions but has so far not come up with anything to settle KNUT nerves.

Sossion also called demands by TSC that job evaluation must be done before pay talks continue a delaying tactic.

" The move is simply a delaying tactic by TSC. If it is not concluded by December 5, we will call for a strike come the NGC four days later, he added.

Deputy President William Ruto has called on teachers to be patient and give the TSC time to work on their demands.

" I urge teachers to stay calm and be patient. The government is well aware of demands and will do its best to ensure that the concerns are all considered, he said.

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