Ex­ams may be dis­rupted as Knut wants pay hikes back

Union gives TSC un­til Fri­day or teach­ers will boy­cott work, in­ter­rupt classes

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministry - FAITH MATETE @fay­matete

As schools re-open to­day for third term, classes and na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions could be de­railed as teach­ers might boy­cott work if the gov­ern­ment fails to re­in­state their an­nual pay rise.

The Kenya Na­tional Union of Teach­ers main­tained their strike threats is­sued last Thurs­day. Sec­re­tary gen­eral Wilson Sos­sion had given the Teach­ers Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and Labour min­istry seven days to re­in­state the an­nual pay rise.

On Fri­day, Knut also threat­ened to go on strike in Jan­uary if teach­ers are trans­ferred from their home coun­ties without the union’s knowl­edge.

The union also de­manded pro­mo­tion of teach­ers with higher qual­i­fi­ca­tions as con­tained in the re­cently signed CBA.

“We are telling the teach­ers’ em­ployer and the min­istry that we are ready to dis­rupt the busy sched­uled ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme for third term if our con­cerns are not ad­dressed within the time­line we have set out,” Sos­sion said in Kisumu on Fri­day.

PAYSLIPS RAIDED

He said they are not a union that gives empty threats be­cause they will stop ev­ery­thing to pro­tect their payslips, which he said are cur­rently be­ing raided by their em­ployer.

Sos­sion said who­ever ad­vised TSC mis­led them and they should be pre­pared for a se­ri­ous con­fronta­tion.

“The coun­try should be pre­pared for the mother of all strikes and if the doctors can do 100 days then surely the teach­ers will do more than 120 days,” he said.

Sos­sion added that third term plans by Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i are in jeop­ardy be­cause of TSC’s ac­tions.

IN­CRE­MENT COV­ERED BY CBA

TSC had scrapped the yearly salary in­cre­ment, ar­gu­ing that the CBA be­tween the union and gov­ern­ment in 2013, which was im­ple­mented on July 1, al­ready ad­dressed the mat­ter.

But Sos­sion said all teach­ers have a right to an­nual in­cre­ment, adding that it was not an item of dis­cus­sion in the CBA that took ef­fect in July.

This comes as the Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry has put up strin­gent mea­sures to curb cheat­ing in ex­ams and stu­dents prepare to sit the KCPE and KCSE ex­ams.

TSC SAYS THE AN­NUAL PAY IN­CRE­MENT IS CAP­TURED IN THE CBA. SOS­SION SAYS IT WAS NOT AN ITEM OF DIS­CUS­SION AND SHOULD NOT BE RE­MOVED

/FAITH MATETE

Knut sec­re­tary gen­eral Wilson Sos­sion in Kisumu on Fri­day

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