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Looming Nationwide teachers strike as KUPPET issues a 7-day notice to TSC

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has issued a seven-day strike notice to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

While speaking at a press conference in Nairobi on Thursday, June 3 2021, KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori warned that they will down their tools if the employer fails to increase teachers’ salaries. 

He blamed the TSC for delaying to negotiate and implement the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). 

“Teachers expect nothing other than a salary review this year. We have gathered that TSC was advised by the Salaries Remuneration Commission (SRC), but TSC has not shared the advisory with us,” Misori warned.

KUPPET had demanded that it wants teachers to be offered a 70 percent salary increase in the next CBA from the current 30 percent. 

It also demanded that the Ministry of Education to ensure that salary increase arrears for over 3500 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) teachers transferred from TSC to the Public Service Commission (PSC) are provided before the current CBA expires.

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion had threatened to call for a strike in January 2021 after 30,000 teachers who missed out on promotions and salary increments. 

Sossion warned TSC from putting teachers in the collision course with the government and disrupting the industrial peace in the teaching service by engaging in mischievous and illegal ways of conceiving, negotiating and implementing the CBA. 

The Nominated MP, on Friday, May 28, noted that the TSC’s delaying tactics had put teachers in a difficult position. He however, called on the employer to offer a way forward on how the issue will be handled before it escalates. 

“There is currently no new CBA for teachers. They will, therefore, miss their salary increment and promotions,” Sossion stated. 

“TSC should not put us in the collision course with the government, and disrupt the industrial peace in the teaching service by engaging in mischievous and illegal ways of conceiving, negotiating and implementing the CBA,” Sossion warned.

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