17 July 2013

Kenya: KNUT - the Strike Is Off!

Photo: BetterWagesKenya/Facebook
Teachers reach an agreement and call off strike following a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto (file photo).

Nairobi — KNUT Chairman Wilson Sossion said the decision was taken moments after a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto in his office on Wednesday afternoon.

"We are now ending the war. We have engaged in a fruitful engagement with the government," Sossion said.

Acting Secretary General Mudzo Nzili went on to announce the strike's end.

The KNUT announcement comes barely an hour after the Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi ordered the closure of all public primary schools due to the standoff.

During the meeting with Ruto, the teachers were told the government's offer on allowances would not be improved.

Ruto made it clear there were no funds to meet their demands of paying commuter allowances in one tranche.

"The deal you have been given by the Teachers Service Commission on commuter allowance cannot be added or reduced... we are operating within a very tight budget," Ruto said.

The deputy president also said the government will only engage teachers in negotiations that are guided by the Constitution.

"The government cannot enter into any negotiations that are not guided by law... that will be cheating you," he said. "We want to negotiate in a structured manner so that the agreement is honoured irrespective who is in office," the deputy president added.

Sossion and Nzili were accompanied to Ruto's meeting by eight KNUT officials.


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