24 June 2013

Kenya: Teachers Strike to Begin Tomorrow

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has announced a nationwide teachers strike which will begin tomorrow.

While making the announcement at KNUT's headquarters in Nairobi today, Xavier Nyamu, the union's National Executive Council said the strike will be effective at midnight.

The Union said it will not dialogue with the government stating that the issue of the teachers' pay demands have been known for the past sixteen years.

KNUT is demanding the payment of teachers' housing, medical and commuter allowances which total 3. 6 billion per month. The teachers are also demanding that the laptop project announced by the Jubilee government be shelved and the money set aside for the project be directed towards paying for teachers' salaries and allowances.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto yesterday urged the teachers and other public workers clamouring for enhanced salaries and allowances to give dialogue a chance.

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