Teachers have given their employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) a seven-day notice to give them a chance to protest before continuing the industrial strike.
Teachers’ Unions; The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET) have clashed with the TSC over salary increases at a meeting on Monday, June 29th.
The parties will have to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for 2021-25. The current CBA 2017-21 ends July 2021.
They allege that the TSC seeks to prevent a two-year wage increase and provide them with alternatives, including the provision of maternity leave and maternity leave.
Female teachers were to be given 120 days off from the current 20 and their male counterparts were given one week over two regular weeks.
This was seen as a small benefit for the traumatized teachers who said the TSC was determined to create a problem in the field of teaching.
“They didn’t give us anything of value. We have given the TSC seven days to give us an objection; failing that, we will ask teachers not to report to schools on the First Term of 2021 which starts in August 2021.
“How can the TSC use the Covid-19 problem and the advice from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to discourage teachers and give us a potential opponent,” lamented KUPPET Secretary-General Akelo Misori.
KNUT General Secretary Collins Oyuu added that the awarding of the wedges was good but would not add value to teachers’ pockets.
Oyuu, however, played a key role in issuing the strike notice and argued that they would find peace solutions in their line with the TSC.
Another presentation presented by TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia was to prioritize teachers in arid and semi-arid areas first, first to management teachers