Teachers issue strike notice

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Teachers in Kenya have threatened to boycott their duties should their employer Teachers Service Commission (TSC), fail to increase their salaries.

Yesterday, TSC met Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), and the Kenya Union of Special Need Education Teachers (KUSNET) leaders to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the years 2021-25.

However, the commission and the union leaders disagreed on the pay rise for teachers. The TSC excluded pay rise in its offer in line with a Salaries and Remuneration Commission directive freezing salary increment for two years.

Instead, the commission offered fringe benefits, including maternity leave. Female teachers' maternity has been increased from 90 days to 120 days, and male paternity has gone up to 21 days from 14 days.

KUPPET secretary-general Akelo Misori has accused TSC of using the Covid-19 pandemic and the advisory they got from the SRC as an excuse to give teachers a “non-monetary counter offer”.

"They did not offer us anything valuable. We have given the TSC seven days to give us a counter-offer; failure to that, we will ask teachers not to report to schools for the 2021 First Term commencing in August 2021,” said Mr. Misori.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) secretary general Collins Oyuu posed, “The proposals were strong on maternity and paternity leave but will this bring food on the table?”

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