Standoff as KNUT turns down TSC invite for talks


Standoff as KNUT turns down TSC invite for talks
KNUT National Assistant Secretary General Collins Oyuu speaks during an AGM in Mombasa on August 4, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Speaking in Siaya, KNUT National Assistant Secretary General Collins Oyuu said the union will only engage in talks with the employer after the court delivers a verdict on the dispute between the two parties.
  • This comes after TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia last week wrote a second letter to KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion inviting them for a discussion on the contentious issues.
  • The KNUT chief spoke at Siaya Central Primary School after the union’s Siaya branch by-election for the post of Executive Secretary.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has turned down a request from the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) for another round of talks.

Speaking in Siaya, KNUT National Assistant Secretary General Collins Oyuu said the union will only engage in talks with the employer after the court delivers a verdict on the dispute between the two parties on February 18, 2019.

This comes after TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia last week wrote a second letter to KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion inviting them for a discussion on the contentious issues.

“The union is not ready for such a meeting. We cannot meet TSC after the length of progress we have made both in the courts and at the conciliation process,” said Mr. Oyuu.

“We are objecting the call for another round of talks because we feel that this is just a process to derail the process in court.”

The KNUT chief, who spoke at Siaya Central Primary School after the union’s Siaya branch by-election for the post of Executive Secretary, also called on teachers to exercise calmness while waiting for the court ruling.

The conciliation committee which was established to arbitrate on the dispute between the two parties presented their report and the court is therefore expected to give its verdict on Monday.

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