Pay all teachers their September salaries, President orders TSC
11 November 2015, 10:39
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to consider paying all teachers their September salaries.
The President, at the same time, requested TSC to also consider paying teachers who were on duty during that month appropriate compensation for their extraneous work.
The President, who held a meeting between the TSC and KNUT officials at State House Nairobi, said the parties could not have been reconciled until the deadlock was unlocked.
He said parties agreed that pending cases related to the dispute in court be withdrawn and the matter be concluded through negotiation.
Immediately after the cases are withdrawn, the Head of State said, the TSC and KNUT will meet to begin dialogue.
The aim of those talks is to come up with a four-year collective bargaining agreement which will at minimum address key issues touching on the education sector, the President pointed out.
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Among the issues to be addressed is the recognition of the binding advisory role of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) on the salaries and remuneration of teachers.
The President said SRC’s role is necessary in ending inequity and ineffectiveness saying it will be done through a job evaluation exercise to determine performance of all public officers.
He noted that this exercise will determine what needs to be paid to employees of the public service.
“That includes all of us: Myself, the Deputy President, Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, MPs and all those who earn from monies collected from the taxpayer. This is why it is critical that the src be allowed to fast-track and complete its job evaluation for all public servants,” said the President.
KNUT chairman Mudzo Nzili and the TSC Chairperson Lydiah Nzomo thanked the President for intervening in the sector’s dispute.
Nzili said KNUT is ready to “submit to the conditions” in the negotiations and urged TSC to show its gratitude.
He said teachers have no other agenda other than what the constitution provides. That trade unions work with the government of the day.
“And teachers of this country do not subscribe to any political party. Teachers subscribe to KNUT as a trade union and not a political party,” said Nzili.
Also present were Deputy President William Ruto, Education Cabinet Secretary Professor Jacob Kaimenyi and members of the KNUT national steering committee.
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