Teachers to down tools over pay rise – Sossion
Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) says the September 1st, 2015 countrywide strike is still on should the Teachers service Commission (TSC) fail to pay teachers the 50 – 60% pay rise awarded by court last month.
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion says teachers will down their tools come September if their pay hike ordered by the court is not reflected in their August pay slips.
Sossion says teachers will not negotiate on the pay increase awarded by the Employment and Labor Relations Court.
He says teachers are waiting for the outcome of the appeal filed at the Supreme Court by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) before taking the next step.
The KNUT boss also says he has written to the Parliamentary Committee on Education over the looming strike when schools re-open if government does not remit the revised August salaries.
Also speaking at the Nairobi KNUT Branch Annual General Meeting, KNUT Chair Mudzo Nzili accused the government of abusing teachers’ rights by refusing to honor the decision by the Employment and Labor Relations Court giving them a pay rise.
In June this year, the court awarded teachers a 50 – 60% pay rise dating back to July 2013 to cover up to July 2017.
Judge Justice Nduma Nderi ordered that the pay increase agreement between the teachers’ union, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the Teachers Service Commission 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.
The TSC had taken their remuneration battle to the Employment and Labour Relations Court after the January 2015 strike that paralysed education around the country.
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