Anxiety as KNUT starts pushing for teachers’ salary increment


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The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has commenced the push for a review of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) 2021-2025.

However, Knut Secretary General Collins Oyuu has stated that KNUT the union has no plans for a strike to push for teachers’ salary increments.

“I did not give a notice of any strike, I gave a notice to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to convene a meeting with KNUT to look into the clause of review on the CBA 2021-2025,” he said.

Oyuu announced that the union has already received a positive response after they issued a 14 days notice to TSC.

“TSC has written back to us and they are saying they are doing all that is possible to make sure they convene this meeting and address the sticky issues as soon as possible,” he said.

Speaking to the press in Kisumu after gracing the Kisumu KNUT branch Annual General Meeting (AGM), Oyuu assured teachers of a maximum push to have their issues addressed.

He said the 2021-2025 CBA the teachers signed with TSC in 2021 was cashless and there is now a need to review it to include the component of money.

“There is a clause in the CBA that gives the parties an opportunity to review what they had signed, remember some of our teachers mocked us that we signed a maternity CBA,” he said.

The teachers’ union wants the TSC to review the CBA due to financial challenges worsened by the increased cost of living.

KNUT has set terms in the salary review talks and will demand a pay rise if their salaries are going to be deducted to factor in the proposed Housing Levy.

The pay rise will then cushion teachers from the looming 3 percent deductions.

By Thuita Jaswant

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