KNUT rules out negotiations with government

By George Kithuka

KNUT Chairman Wilson Sossion

Teachers are not going on strike this Tuesday after all.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT however says going on a major strike will be their next resolve if the government does not fully honor legal notice No. 534 of 1997, on teacher’s allowances in the next two weeks.

The union’s top brass says the National Executive Council will be meeting soon to deliberate on a possible date to commence the anticipated duel if the government does not meet their demands.

The union disowned any plans to meet the deputy president William Ruto to unlock the impasse saying even if they were invited they were ready for nothing less than the full implementation of allowances as agreed on the CBA.

The union has equally disowned Tuesday’s strike notice by their sister union KUPPET and urged its members to continue teaching until advised otherwise.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet Secretary for Labour, Social Security and Services, Mr. Kambi Kazungu has appointed a conciliator to arbitrate over the pay dispute raging between the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

In a letter to the Secretary General KUPPET dated Monday, the Cabinet Secretary appointed Mr. P.W Macharia the Assistant Labour Commissioner to arbitrate in a bid to avert the looming strike.

In the letter, the Cabinet Secretary says he has invoked provisions of section 65 (1) of the Labour Relations Act 2007 to appoint a conciliator to assist, the parties reach an amicable settlement.

The Cabinet Secretary has advised that under the circumstances KUPPET is advised to with draw the strike until the dispute is settled.

Mr. Kazungu acknowledged that on 12th June 2013 the Secretary General KUPPET through a letter KPT/MINLB/0/1/013 reported a dispute to him regarding failure by TSC to honour an agreement reached between themselves on October last year.

Meanwhile Mr. Macharia has already written to both parties to inform them of the development and requesting them to submit their memoranda to his office before arranging for a meeting early next week.

Meanwhile, UASU has called off their national strike that was planned for July 1st after striking a Sh3.9b salary deal with government.