The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) is pushing for reimbursement of the housing levy that was deducted from teachers’ January salaries.
KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori emphasised on Wednesday that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) cannot justify the deductions by claiming they were already included in the prepared payroll.
Misori pointed out that delays in teachers’ payments have occurred in the past due to minor payroll issues, so the current situation, involving a significant matter with a court order, necessitates the recall of any payroll already processed.
Despite clear orders from both the High Court and the Court of Appeal declaring the Housing Levy illegal and unconstitutional, Misori noted that many teachers nationwide have shared payslips indicating the Commission’s deduction of the levy from their January 2024 salaries.
“We have also sought an assurance from the Commission that it will obey court orders going forward. Including and specifically the orders on the Housing Levy,” the KUPPET SG stated.
Misori urged the government to take necessary measures to safeguard teachers’ earnings and benefits, declaring that KUPPET is prepared to pursue legal action, including contempt proceedings against TSC officials personally.
Misori further emphasized that responsible employers should refrain from making illegal deductions.
He mentioned that the union never supported the Finance Bill 2023, which stirred controversy among Kenyans.