The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has issued a 14-day strike notice to the teachers’ employer; TSC urging them to engage in negotiations to revise the non-monetary collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that was signed in 2021.
Teachers are among civil servants who have initiated efforts to seek salary adjustments in order to mitigate the impact of the anticipated tax increase, pending a court ruling on the controversial taxation law.
The teachers’ union emphasized that teachers across the country are facing financial difficulties due to the challenging economic climate.
They unions are urging the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to review and increase their salaries as a means of offsetting the effects of the tax hike.
“While the Salaries and Remuneration Commission prevented us from discussing any monetary matters in 2021, we have now formally written to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and granted them a 14-day period to join us at the negotiation table to review the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). We cannot ignore the severe economic situation gripping our country,” stated Collins Oyuu, Secretary-General of KNUT, on Sunday.
The SG also expressed concerns regarding the working party’s proposal to diminish the powers of the TSC in favor of the education ministry.
He emphasized that KNUT had put forth a clear pathway concerning quality assurance, involving both the TSC and the parent ministry.
“Our objective was to establish well-defined roles without hostility or conflict. In our proposals, we emphasized the importance of avoiding disputes between the TSC and the ministry,” he explained.
Furthermore, he commended the TSC for introducing the strategic plan for 2023-2027, which will require a budget of Ksh 70 billion for implementation.
Oyuu mentioned that KNUT was prepared to engage with the TSC in order to ensure that teacher remuneration is also addressed within the strategic plan.
Previously, the TSC had proposed Ksh 2 billion for teacher promotions, a move that was welcomed by stakeholders. However, the national treasury later reduced the amount to Ksh 1 billion.
“We still urge the TSC to engage with us and create an opportunity for further negotiations. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission prevented us from discussing monetary matters in 2021, but now that the restriction has been lifted, we have reached out to the TSC and given them a 14-day deadline to initiate discussions and review the non-monetary CBA signed in 2021,” Oyuu stated.