3 July 2013

Kenya: Government, KNUT Talks Stall

Photo: The Star
Teachers defy court order and vow to continue with strike over unpaid dues by the government (file photo).

The negotiation talks between KNUT officials and officials from treasury, TSC and Cabinet Secretary for Labour Kazungu Kambi remain unresolved as the cabinet secretary, and representatives from the government side have not yet returned since leaving to consult on proposals that were made in the meeting earlier today.

The meeting that was convened to find a solution to the ongoing strike by teachers countrywide has also been suspended after government representatives refused to degazette notice number 16 of 2003 that amended the legal notice 534 of 1997 which awarded teachers a 300 per cent salary increment and a host of allowances such as housing, hardship, medical and commuter among others.

In declaring the strike, KNUT based its reason for the industrial action on the government's failure to implement notice number 534.

But as talks fail to take off between KNUT and government, representatives of KNUT's sister body KUPPET have arrived at the Ministry of Labour building where they were scheduled to meet the negotiation team at 2pm.

KUPPET yesterday suspended its strike for two weeks to give room for dialogue with government following an Industrial Court ruling which declared the strike illegal.

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