Teachers threaten to go on strike in January
15 December 2015, 09:55
Nairobi - Teachers have threatened to go on strike in January unless the Teachers Service Commision TSC comes up with a Collective Bargaining Agreement CBA by Christmas.
Unions Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT and Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers KUPPET have said that unless the TSC comes up with a CBA by 25 December, they will organize a strike in January.
" The deadline is 25 December and after that day I will not sign anything," KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said Monday.
" They have had time. They have known this all and they know that we want, so let us not waste each other's time," he added.
KUPPET bosses also said that they will have their word on the matter after meeting in Bungoma over the coming days.
" We will meet in Bungoma on Friday and make an announcement then," KUPPET Secretary Aleko Misiko added.
Teachers are back on the negotiating table with TSC after a failed attempt to impose a 50/60% pay-rise on the TSC was rejected by the Appeals Court.
This follows a plea by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the two try to talk as regards a pay structure for teachers.
The TSC though has not come up with anything satisfactory, the unions say.
" What they brought forward was unsatisfactory. We cannot accept it," Sossion added.
Schools re-open in January and Sossion says that unless TSC acts quickly, there will be no one but themselves to blame.
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