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Teargas in Nairobi as teachers strike continues

07 January 2015, 13:57 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - There was teargas in Nairobi as teachers protested the lack of government action over their salary demands.

Police dispersed a crowd headed towards the office of the president Wednesday with teargas canisters as day three of the nationwide strike continued.

Teachers are demanding an increase in salaries and allowances that they claim have been promised to them by previous governments.

They demand a 300% increase in basic salary as well as other allowances.

The government though says it has no money to make the payments and has insisted that teachers must agree to a compromise.

But Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion says that teachers will not be cowed by threats to have them sacked over the strike.

" We have a right to protest and they know it. I urge all teachers to continue with the strike and not to fear any threats thrown around about the strike," he said.

The government has instituted a team of officials to deal with negotiations over the strike.

Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi is the team leader in a group that also consists his education counterpart Jacob Kaimenyi and members from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission SRC.

So far, the government is yet to table a formal offer to teachers over the pay, with KNUT insisting that it will only negotiate once it receives an offer from the government.

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