Teachers, Collective Bargaining Agreement has been a long journey for the three giant teachers' unions to come into agreement with their employer Teachers Service Commission. Since June 29th, 2021 when the Tsc met the officials of the three recognized teachers unions, to kick start the negotiations, no positive results arrived at the first meeting.
The above said three recognized unions are: Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers(KUPPET), and Kenya Union Of Special Need Education Teachers. ( KUSNET)
During the first meeting held at Safari Park Hotel, the Union's proposal financially did not bear fruits. Tsc beseeched unions to consider the advice of the Salary and Remuneration Commission. SRC had advised the government to freeze salary review for 2021/2022 and 2022/2022 financial year's.this was due to economical constraints resulting from the impacts of the deadly virus Covid-19. The first meeting aborted but the commission went ahead and scheduled another meeting to make their heads meet.Courtesy of illustration
The second metering was scheduled for today July 13th, 2021. Tsc had invited the three unions to scale up their negotiations and agree on the new CBA to succeed the 2017-2021 CBA which expired on June 30th, 2021.
After a lengthy discussion today during the scheduled CBA meeting talks, both parties came to an agreement, and therefore a deal between the three recognized unions and Tsc was arrived at. They sighed the new CBA that will cover the period 2021-2025. Tsc is happy with teachers and thanked them for understanding the current economic situation.
Teachers Service Commission promised to continue providing a conducive working environment for their teachers. We all need each other at this time Covid-19 is killing our economy.
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