The Teachers’ Service Commission, TSC, has invited the Kenya Teachers Union of Kenya (KUPPET) to negotiate a 2021-2025 collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The meeting will be tomorrow, 29 June 2021 at the hotel safari safari. “The Commission is pleased to invite the Kenya Teachers Union (KUPPET) to a meeting to be held on Tuesday 29 June 2021 at the safari park hotel, Nairobi” reads as part of a letter signed by TSC CEO Nancy Macharia. The agenda of the meeting, as indicated in the manual, includes:
1. Preliminary initiatives
2. Declaration of conflict of interest
3. Presentation of the opposition to the commission
4. Negotiating the CBA 2021-2025. Thisnew development comes amid fears that CBA 2021-2025 will not be thereafter after the remuneration and remuneration commission, SRC, announces its position in terms of the collective bargaining agreement and wage review for 2021/ 2022 and 2022/2023
The commission has been adamant that there will be no salary increase until 2024, which means that in the next two years, teachers will have to forget about the CBA and any salary review. Currently, there are disagreements between the government and teachers regarding the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). What raises questions is that the budget for the next financial year has been read by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani and the budget has failed to raise teachers’ salaries. With the current CBA ending in two days, no funding has been set aside to pay for the CBA for 2021-2025, although the Department of Education is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 2021/2020 financial year budget of more than Sh588 billion. What raises questions is that the budget for the next financial year was read by Cabinet Treasurer Secretary Ukur Yatani and the budget that failed to raise teachers’ salaries. With the current CBA expiring in two days, no funding has been allocated for the 2021-2025 CBA, underestimating that the Department of Education is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the budget for the 2021/2020 financial year.