It may yet again turn out to be another battle of wits between the teachers unions and the government come next year as schools re-open for the first term as cloud of uncertainty hangs over the seamless start of education calendar.
Kenya National Union of Teacher has given the Teachers Service Commission two weeks ultimatum to finalize details of a collective bargaining agreement that will factor the 50 to 60 percent pay hike.
During a National delegates Conference held on Wednesday 9th at the Safaricom stadium,Kasarani, KNUT said it will not relent in the push for what the court had awarded teachers , threatening to boycott the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with TSC if the Salaries and remuneration Commission will be present in the negotiations.
Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion, who remains unrelenting to the award of 50- 60 percent pay hike awarded to the teacher’s by the courts early this year, has issued a two week ultimatum to the Cabinet secretary for education Fred Matiang’I to finalize the CBA deal.
Sossion has also warned TSC not to employ what he terms as underhand tactics to delay the negotiations, maintaining that SRC should not to be enjoined in the talks.
Showing their solidarity in fight for teachers, Kenya Union Of Post Primary Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary General Akello Misori says the unions will garner support in the 2017 elections only for those who will have supported the teachers’ present demand.
Similar sentiments were shared by Trade union congress chair Charles Mukhwaya who wants the 50-60 percent pay rise awarded to teachers by the court to be honoured.