Teachers’ unions will meet with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to discuss salary review negotiations.
The 2021/2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which was signed in July 2021, is scheduled to be reviewed at the conference by the unions due to the impact of Covid-19 on the national economy.
TSC, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), and the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET) all signed the contract.
TSC invited the unions at Kenya School of Government (KSG) to review the CBA in a letter dated August 15.
“The purpose of this letter is to invite you to a TSC meeting on August 22nd at 9:00 a.m.” The meeting will be held at the Kenya School of Government in Lower Kabete, Nairobi,” according to the letter.
The invitation comes after the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) proposed a seven- to ten-percent pay increase for civil officials over a two-year period.
However, KUPPET secretary general Akello Misori stated that the seven to ten percent compensation increase will be rejected.
He stated that the main subjects of discussion will be a 70% pay increase, promotions, medical benefits, and a pension plan.
“We will concentrate on where our Collective Bargaining Agreement talks have stalled.” We will not accept additional proposals because we have already begun salary negotiations,” Misori stated.
Misori urged that the salaries of teachers be reviewed before the salaries of state officers were increased.
“If there was any more proof that the government is capable of reviewing teachers’ salaries, this SRC recommendation is sufficient,” Misori said.
He called the SRC’s proposal to give state officers pay raises “ironic” because “they usually claim they can’t afford to pay teachers.”