KNUT withdraws strike notice following new salary deal


KNUT withdraws strike notice following new salary deal
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion addresses the press on November 13, 2020. PHOTO | MAKORI ONGECHI | CITIZEN DIGITAL

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s (SRC) advisory on teachers’ new salary deal has pushed the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to put brakes on a strike threat they had issued two weeks ago.

The move now paves way for a smooth running of national examinations expected to commence in less than three weeks.

In a letter to the Teachers Service Commission CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia on Friday, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said:

“Note that we had already registered a trade dispute with the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Labour. However, based on the commission’s response citing the process of concluding internal consultations with SRC, we hereby retract our letter to the CS and urge that you give strict and clear timelines of undertaking the salary negotiations.”

KNUT’s move entirely relying on the advisory from the SRC where the commission admits not to have concluded the job evaluation for all teachers, a process that is crucial in guiding the CBA negotiations.

The SRC is currently undertaking job evaluation exercise to inform its third remuneration review cycle in the public service,

In this regard, the SRC guides that the negotiation parameters for the period 2021-2025 shall be issued once the ongoing job evaluation exercise is concluded.

18 days to the national examinations,  Friday marked the last day for all sub county directors of education to nominate centre managers, supervisors and invigilators who will be involved in the administration of the KCPE and KCSE examinations.

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