Kenya National Union of Teachers has maintained that the 2nd January teachers strike is still on.
KNUT national treasurer John Matiang’i rejected calls to have the union return to the negotiating table saying the ministry of Labour’s efforts to bring a conciliator to the table would not resolve the current impulse.
Matiang’i says the teachers employer TSC has for the last two months been insincere in addressing the concerns of teachers leaving the union with no option but to ask members to withdraw their services.
He has called bluff on current efforts by the ministry of labour to appoint a conciliator between the union and their employer saying the union was convinced that nothing positive would come out of such discussions.
The Treasurer told teachers to stay put come January next year and await further communication from the KNUT Secretary General, Wilson Sossion on the way forward.
He observed that Teachers’ Service Commission had already engaged in vain the KNUT in retreats and seminars over what he claims are demoralizing and unpopular policies.
KNUT has maintained that TSC must first withdraw all transfer letters issued to some 3000 teachers that should take effect from January, before any further talks.