Teachers to down tools in seven days
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has issued a seven-day strike notice.
KNUT Secretary General, Wilson Sossion, while addressing the press at his office in Nairobi, said that the union had already registered a dispute with the Cabinet Secretary for Labour and East African Community Affairs, Phyllis Kandie, over the scrapping of teachers annual salary increments by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
Sossion claimed that the commission scrapped the annual increment effective July 1, 2017 contrary to the existing terms of agreement.
“The Teachers Service Commission has scrapped the annual increments effective July 1, 2017 contrary to the existing terms of agreement that grants every teacher a right to annual increment, this was never an item of discussion between KNUT and TSC during the CBA negotiations which were concluded,” said Sossion.
Sossion says the move is unconstitutional and in contravention of the Employment Act as established in the International Labour Organization conventions.
He added that TSC has also failed to recognize and compensate teachers who attained higher qualifications.
“The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has failed to recognize and compensate teachers who attained higher qualifications aimed at promotions and salary increments from 2014.”
Sossion says that the union’s attempts to resolve the dispute has been in vain.
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