The Star (Nairobi)

4 July 2013

Kenya: TSC Now Moves to Court Over Teachers Strike

Photo: Sam Ndirangu/Xinhua
Kenyan teachers demonstrate in after the government failed to honour 1997 agreement.

The Teachers Service Commission has filed a suit in court urging the Kenya National Union of Teachers, the union's chairman Wilson Sossion as well as the Secretary General Mudzo Nzili to call off the strike.

TSC in its suit has argued that the continued strike is in direct contravention of an Industrial Court order that declared the strike illegal. The court in its ruling further directed KNUT and its sister union Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) should end the strike, and engage the TSC, the Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC), representatives from Treasury, and the Cabinet Secretary for Labour Kambi Kazungu in dialogue to address the teachers' grievances.

TSC wants the court to institute contempt proceedings against the three if the strike continues. The case is to be mentioned today. The teachers under the KNUT umbrella have been on strike for two weeks now demanding that government must implement terms of legal notice 534 reached in 1997. In the agreement of 1997, the teachers were promised a 300 per cent salary increment and a host of allowances.

Teachers however say they are yet to receive commuter, housing and medical allowances and said they would not be returning to work unless these allowances were paid. A negotiation meeting between the TSC, KNUT, treasury and Kazungu yesterday however failed to come up with a concrete resolution.

While Kazungu said that the in the earlier session of the meeting the parties had agreed to vacate legal notices 534 of 1997 and legal notice 16 of 2003 which was an amendment of the former, Sossion said that there had been no concrete agreements made. The teachers had been offered payment of housing allowance, but the parties failed to agree resulting in the talks stalling.

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