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Workers’ unions to hold a rally in solidarity with teachers

09 September 2015, 12:09 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – All workers’ unions in the country are set to hold a rally on Wednesday at Uhuru Park to compel the government to pay teachers.

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) chairman, Omboko Milemba said that Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has no moral authority to declare the ongoing teachers’ strike illegal and threaten to sack them if they don’t report to work.

“The rally will bring together all workers’ unions including KUPPET, KNUT and COTU, followed by prayers across the country to ask the government to obey the Industrial and Supreme Courts' ruling for teachers to get 50 to 60% pay rise,” said Milemba.

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He warned the TSC chairlady, Lydia Nzomo and the Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi against issuing threats to striking teachers instead of adhering to the court’s decision, and maintained that the strike will continue until their pay rise is implemented.

“The issue of legality or illegality of the ongoing teachers’ strike will be determined on Thursday by the Industrial Court and TSC has no authority to say the strike is illegal and teachers must return to work,” said Milemba.

Milemba added that teachers’ unions will only accept dialogue with the government once KES 1.4 billion is released and included in the teachers’ August payroll as a commencement in effecting the 50 to 60% salary increment to cost about KES 17 billion during its 4-year implementation period as ruled by the court.

The teachers’ strike has entered its second week and paralyzed learning both in public primary and secondary schools yet candidates are to sit for their national examinations from the end of October.

However, the government has maintained that it has no additional funds implement the teachers’ demands and warned that any salary increment to public servants will lead to rapid increase in wage bill.       

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