Teachers' unions have threatened to strike over a pay raise, and the new academic year, which begins on July 26, could be disrupted.
This follows the failure of six-hour talks between the unions and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) the day before. TSC is said to have failed to propose a plan to raise teachers' pay.
TSC had invited representatives from the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), and Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (Kusnet) to discuss a new five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
TSC's counter-offer, however, did not include a wage raise, presumably in accordance with a recent Salaries and Remuneration Commission regulation freezing compensation growth for two years.
TSC, on the other hand, offers perks including better maternity and paternity leave. After a meeting that lasted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the unions rejected the offer. They promised that the TSC would not be able to use SRC instructions to prevent teachers from receiving raises.
“They haven't made any offers. We've given TSC seven days to come up with a counter-offer; if they don't, we'll ask teachers not to report to schools for the First Term, which starts in August,” Kuppet secretary-general Akelo Misori said
Everything that happened yesterday, according to Mr. Misori, suggests that the TSC has been working in tandem with the SRC to stymie teachers' demands for a pay raise. TSC cannot use the Covid-19 pandemic and the SRC's advice as an excuse to provide teachers a "non-monetary counteroffer," he said.
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