The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has Invited Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary General Akello Misori for a meeting to discuss salary review.
The communication outlines the plan to host the Meeting on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at the Kenya School of Government (KSG), in Lower Kabete, Nairobi.
KNUT and KUPPET have advocated for a review of the 2021 non-monetary Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
Their request to the commission is to review the non-monetary CBA in light of reduced salaries caused by increased statutory deductions and the introduction of new levies, such as the affordable housing tax.
During the 2023–2027 TSC strategic plan launch, KNUT secretary general Collins Oyuu highlighted that TSC had initially proposed Sh2 billion for teachers’ allowances, a well-received proposal.
However, the National Treasury subsequently lowered this allocation to Sh1 billion. Oyuu conveyed the union’s determination for the commission to engage in further negotiations, emphasizing, “We are still eager for the TSC to collaborate with us and reopen negotiations.”
Oyuu maintained a firm stance, underscoring the pivotal role that adequate remuneration plays in educators’ performance.
“A poorly paid teacher cannot perform. If the government wants performance, we will reopen the negotiations on the salary component that we missed in 2021.” He stated.
While Knut advocates for a 60% salary increase and Kuppet aims for a 42% salary increase for teachers starting from July 1, the resumption of CBA negotiations coincides with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s (SRC) announcement of a 7% to 10% salary increase, retroactively applicable from July 1 and distributed in two installments.
As of August 9, 2023, TSC had not released the updated pay structure reflecting the modifications SRC chair Lyn Mengich announced.
In August, teachers and civil servants will receive a 5% salary increase retroactive to July 1. Additionally, changes will be made to the housing allowance.
Knut has criticized the increase announced by SRC, viewing it as an example of the government giving with one hand while taking with the other.