Exams may be disrupted as Knut wants pay hikes back
Union gives TSC until Friday or teachers will boycott work, interrupt classes
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.
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
Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion in Kisumu on Friday