11 July 2013

Kenya: KNUT Rejects Sh16.4 Billion Pay Deal

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Kenyan teachers defy court order as the strike continues.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers has rejected a Sh16.4 billion pay deal signed between Kuppet and the government earlier today stating that they were not part of the negotiations that lead to the deal.

Speaking at Knut headquarters in Nairobi acting secretary general Mudzo Nzili said the deal is illegal as Knut was not part of the negotiations committee.

He further stated that the commuter allowance offered in the deal should be paid at once and not over the 24 month period agreed upon between Kuppet and the government. The deal also covers reader's and special education allowances for teachers.

Nzili said the government must also pay medical and housing allowances offered in a 1997 legal notice at once adding that the the special education and reader's allowances offered in the deal with Kuppet was meant to be offered as part of subsequent talks which would take place only after the 1997 legal notice has been fully implemented.

Knut has vowed that the teacher's strike that is now in its third week will continue until the government agrees to pay allowances offered in the 1997 pay deal.

The Teacher's Service Commission yesterday filed fresh contempt of court charges against Knut officials after union officials defied the order to call off the strike within 24 hours. TSC had earlier withdrawn the charges against Knut chairman William Sossion and and acting secretary general Mudzo Nzili for defying the court order issued by the Industrial Court. Judge Linette Ndolo ordered for the case to be heard on Monday next week and for Chairman Wilson Sossion to appear in person.

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