Why Sossion was forced to end teachers strike
03 October 2015, 15:11
Nairobi - The teachers strike has ended for now. But why?
It has emerged that the strike was ended after pressure from teachers, desperate for some money after being left out in the cold by the Teachers Service Commission TSC in September.
Teachers have yet to be paid their September salaries.
Sossion, who was grappling with whether to continue with the strike or not, was left with no option but to end it so as to have teachers paid.
" Teachers are broke and they need to be paid," a source at KNUT told News24.
According to sources, Sossion too did not want to have teachers left in the cold following the announcement by the Industrial Court that the strike be suspended for 90 days.
" The leadership did not want teachers be exposed to what could be considered an aberration of the law and thus felt it best to end the strike," the source added.
The strike had taken place for 5 weeks.
" Teachers too are people of goodwill and deep down do not want to see their children suffer, another reason to end the strike," another source said, even though there was heated debate as to whether ending the strike was the right move.
There was a heated debate over the decision Saturday, even though it is understood that a decision to suspend the strike had been made earlier.
With national examinations set to start soon, the move to end the strike will be a win for the government, which has been in limbo over the next move after the High Court stopped a planned move to hire 70,000 new teachers on temporary deals.
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