28 August 2014

Kenya: KNUT Strike Notice Over Salary Rises

THE Kenya National Union of Teachers has issued a 21-day strike notice.

The union demands that the Teachers Service Commission convenes a meeting to conclude a fresh agreement on salaries and allowances.

Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion said yesterday it has taken more than 10 months to conclude a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In a letter dated August 25, Knut has told TSC boss Gabriel Lengoiboni that, "he must forestall any upheavals in the education sector, more so in third term when examinations are running." Sossion said: "The talks started immediately after the 24-day teachers' strike in July 18 last year.

"The talks were supposed to end within 90 days, October 16."

He said the TSC is prodding teachers to take industrial action by not honouring what it agrees and signs with them.

Sossion said in the new CBA proposal teachers have demanded a 200 to 300 per cent salary increase to be implemented within four years. TSC is yet to respond.

They are demanding that teachers' job grades go beyond R and a new scheme of service for teachers with undergraduate and masters degrees.

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