Akello Misori, Secretary-General KUPPET has revealed that the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) rejected the new Collective Bargaining Agreement because the Teachers Service Commission did not bring anything tangible to the table.
According to Misori who was talking on KBC’s Prime Edition, TSC only put forward administrative issues like extended maternity leave and paternity leave which are largely human resource issues and should be internationally practised.
“TSC did not bring anything tangible to the table which was a slap to teachers’ faces, we expected them to at least include a 1 per cent increment but they brought nothing,” he said.
Misori added that CBA’s have become a thorny issue because of the spirit of negotiating in bad faith between government and unions.
In this case, the 2016/2021 CBA between KUPPET and TSC lapsed on 30th June but TSC only presented a new CBA to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) two days to expiry.
The KUPPET Secretary-General says the move was in bad faith as they had already presented their amended CBA by 18th of September in 2019 which was a year before the deadline.
On SRC, Misori said that they had gone over and above their mandate of setting and reviewing the remuneration and benefits of all state officers but instead engaged in negotiations leading to the freeze of the process
“Freezing negotiations for two years is not practical because we ask for salary reviews based on inflation in the country. Our economy is growing at 6.1 per cent according to President Uhuru Kenyatta, that is enough reason for us to say that we have sufficient resources,” he added.
On KUPPET wrangles, Misori denied any bad blood between the members but admitted there is a court case currently ongoing about some members being taken back to the TSC.