Unions want minimum P1 teacher salary raised to KES 59 000
21 January 2015, 11:10
Nairobi – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) are demanding that the lowest paid P1 teacher earn not less that KES 58 863 basic salary in their agitated teachers’ demands.
A joint memorandum of demands on the teachers’ pay dispute presented by the unions’ Secretary Generals; Wilson Sossion (Knut) and Akello Misori (Kuppet) accompanied by their legal team to the Industrial Court in Nairobi established that teachers’ pay has not been raised after the implementation of the 1997 negotiations.
“The last negotiated increment on basic pay enjoyed by teachers dates back to 1997, pursuant to Legal Notice No.534 of 1997, which was implemented over a span of 10 years, ending in 2007,” reads part of the memorandum.
“However, there have been arbitrary non-negotiated increments in the name of harmonization of teachers’ salaries with those of civil servants,” it went on.
The proposal by the unions for the salary of the lowest paid P1 teacher in Job Group G currently earning a basic salary of between KES 16 692 and KES 24 304 to be raised to between KES 58 863 and KES 68 355 may have been sparked by the Teachers Service Commission’s recent move to raise its clerical officers salaries to KES 35 000.
The unions are also aggrieved by the Salaries and Remuneration Commissions proposal that teachers wait until it completes its job evaluation process yet salaries of other public servants in various government institutions have already been reviewed.
Teachers have resumed work in all public schools after a two-week strike.
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However, public schools in North Eastern may encounter a shortage of teachers after hundreds of teachers posted in the region staged a demo and camped at the Teachers Service Commission headquarters in Nairobi on Monday asking for transfers and vowing not to report to work because of insecurity in the region.
In December 2014, Al Shabaab militia attacked a Nairobi-bound bus and killed passengers on board, with 27 of the victims being teachers.
This forced both the teachers’ and doctors’ unions to press their members to seek for transfers from the region.
Despite the teachers’ call for transfer to safer regions, the Teachers Service Commission had insisted that none of them will be transferred since the government has looked into the insecurity issue and assured them of their security.
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