Cabinet Secretary for Labour Kazungu Kambi has rescinded a gazette notice he had earlier made which required members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) contribute an agency fee of 1.5 percent of their salaries to the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET).
Kambi's move to cancel the directive came after the KNUT executive led by chairman Wilson Sossion accused the government of using the agency fee to revive a union that "is already on its deathbed".
Sossion further added that the agency fee can only be justified when a commensurate salary increment has been made.
Sossion also said that unscrupulous officials at the Teachers Services Commission are pocketing the deductions through the many "ghost teachers" they have planted on the TSC payroll to fleece the government of millions.
TSC's Secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni refuted the claims by Knut instead saying that the TSC is not aware of ghost workers but can account for 278, 000 teachers on payroll.
Kuppet's deputy Secretary General Moses Nthurima also dismissed the allegations by KNUT. Nthurima said that the collective bargaining agreement on commuter allowances with TSC registered in the Industrial Court is what necessitated the 1.5 per cent agency fees deductions.
Following the revocation of the gazette notice, Kambi has said that his ministry will first need to verify the list given to TSC by KUPPET before settling on a way forward.