14 February 2013

Kenya: Teachers' Strike Set for Next Week

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has announced a nationwide strike starting on February 19 next week. The union's National Executive Council (NEC) met today to ratify the decision that was made earlier this week.

Knut acting Secretary General, Xavier Nyamu said on Monday that the seven-day notice will lapse on February 18 setting the stage for teachers to keep off the schools.

The strike will affect Form Ones whose reporting day starts on February 18 to 25. "The return to work formula during the teachers' strike last September asked the union and the government to respect the ruling by the parliamentary committee as pertains to suspended allowances," Nyamu said.

He said they are not calling for a strike because of the impending election but to demand for teachers rights. Knut chairman Wilson Sossion NEC meeting today is to further prepare teachers for the strike.

Teachers want a 50 per cent increase in house allowance, 20 per cent in medical and 10 per cent in commuter allowances. The government requires Sh25 billion to pay the allowances.

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