Court orders registration of third teachers’ union

Kenya Teachers Congress

The registrar of trade Union has been directed to issue a certificate of registration to Kenya Teachers Congress within 14 days.

This was after Labor relation and Employment judge Hellen Wasilwa issued a directive saying the decision by the registrar of trade union to decline them with the certificate was unfair and a violation of the teachers’ union.

“I find the decision by the Registrar of Trade Unions to deny the applicants their application for a certificate of recruitment to members of the intended union was not reasonable and justifiable,” Judge Wasilwa ruled.

The respondents in the case led by registrar of Trade Unions contended that the applicants were not genuine in seeking to register the outfit Kenya Teachers Congress and that they are not advancing the interest of those they purport to represent in their quest to register a new trade union, but are advancing their own selfish interests bent on destabilizing the labor sector and trade unionism in the country.

They asked the court to dismiss the application.

Kenya Teachers Congress, however, argued that they have fulfilled the requirements for registration of a trade union espoused in Section 12 of the Labor Relations Act.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) was also listed as an interested party.

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