Jubilee leaders to push for teachers’ salary increment

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Garissa Township MP Aden Duale in a past address. [Photo/Courtesy]

A section of Jubilee legislators have said that they will table a motion in Parliament to push for teachers’ salary increment.

Speaking at the Ruiru Education Day in Kiambu County, Majority Leader Aden Duale and Education Committee chair Sabina Chege said the government should abide by the court’s directive in order to avoid the impending teachers’ strike.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has filed a petition at the Supreme Court seeking to stop a ruling that awarded teachers a 50 to 60 percent salary increment.

The petition, which was certified as urgent, came a week after the Court of Appeal upheld a decision by the Industrial and Labour Relations Court to award teachers the increment pending the hearing of the case on September 22nd, 2015.

In a media briefing last Sunday, Kenya Union of Teachers (KNUT) threatened to call for a national strike if the government fails to effect the court ordered salary increment.

“We would like to notify the government that if there will be no increase in our pay by the end of August, teachers will not resume work,” warned KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion.

Sossion further termed the government’s move to appeal the ruling as disrespectful noting that the union’s lawyers had already been served with papers from the Court of Appeal.

In June this year, Court ordered the TSC to increase teachers’ salary from between 50 to 60 percent.

Judge Justice Nduma Nderi ordered that the pay increase agreement between the teachers’ union, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the TSC should be registered with the court within 30 days.

The ruling marked a new phase of the protracted battle between teachers and the TSC after years of contention over increment that led to nationwide strikes.

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